Greetings for Rosh HaShanah 5770

I can’t believe another year has flown by so quickly! I planned to select a photo from my gallery and make a Rosh HaShanah greeting card out of it for you but I can’t decide which ONE to choose. Since I’m running out of time, I decided to share with you 13 of my favorites. Just for fun, maybe you could let me know which one (if any) you would have enjoyed receiving as a printed card.

– if you live in Israel please scroll down to the photos now and the message at the bottom.

– if you still live in a foreign land (i.e., chutz la aretz, galut, galus, diaspora, etc.), please read and respond to the following message and then enjoy the photos.

As the new year approaches (tomorrow evening!), I am feeling heavy-hearted because many of you are still not here to enjoy Rosh HaShanah with us. I’ve invested a lot of time and thought trying to arouse your jealousy over what we have here – and what you’re missing. Through this blog I’ve documented Aliyah procedures for you, shown you beautiful places, taken you shopping and to events with me, and shared my personal frustrations, failures and successes in order to help you make the transition more smoothly. But you’re still not here! Why? Where have I failed you? Please tell me what it is going to take to get you to perform the mitzvah of living in the Holy Land that Hash-m promised Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov. A land that your ancestors longed for with all their hearts throughout many generations when it wasn’t possible for them to come home. For one year I lived in a beautiful Jerusalem suburb and am ashamed to say that I took it for granted. Now I’m living in the center of the country because that’s where my husband found work, and even though Jerusalem is less than an hour and a half away, I find myself longing to be there. How can you stand being so far away? What additional information or assistance do you need? Please write to me and let me know what I can personally do to make your Aliyah to Israel a success.

I want you to see and feel what it’s like to be greeted at Ben Gurion airport like this!

I hope you enjoy the photos below. Some of them may not mean much to you at first glance, but that may be because you haven’t been to some of these places to create memories of your own. You can change that before this time next year. When you say “Next Year in Jerusalem”, ask yourself if you really mean it and if not please take the time to examine the potential reasons. If you find yourself really meaning it, act on it!

A Few of My Favorite Photos of Israel

Ma’ale Adumim View

The Dead Sea

View of the Dead Sea from atop Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi

Caesarea

Caesarea

The Shuk – Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem

Ben Yehuda Promenade, Jerusalem

Givat Sha’ul Shopping

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Shopping

Sukkot in Meah Shearim, Jerusalem

God’s Promise to Noach – The Rainbow

Rosh HaShanah Greetings!

May all of our Tefillot (prayers) be accepted for the good and may we be able to find the good in everything that comes our way.

I wish each of you a year of good health and safety
Days filled with joy, success, and satisfaction in your accomplishments
The constant desire to improve
Enough parnassah (livelihood) to relieve you from worry
Shalom bayit (peace in your home)
And much nachas (blessings and joy) from children, family members, and yourselves

Next year may we all be together in Yerushalayim!

L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu

Tehillah

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