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From My Heart To Yours On Valentine’s Day – An Orthodox Jewish Perspective

It’s late and Valentine’s Day is almost over.

No, I did not forget you.  I wanted to wait and see if you would be the one to email a Happy Valentine’s greeting to me!

But… you did not, and I thank you for that because as an Orthodox Jew it’s a holiday that I don’t celebrate.

St. Valentine’s Day is rooted in Christian tradition – it originated as a Christian feast day honoring a martyr named Valentine.   It’s not a Jewish holiday nor is it a non-religious American holiday.

But if you are celebrating… I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you got the flowers and chocolates and felt the love!

So how do we celebrate our love in Judaism?  It’s a daily practice.  Each morning when we awake and read the morning prayer, we are reminded to love.  The very first sentence states, “Hareini Mekabel Alai Miztvat Aseh Shel Veahavta Lereacha Kamocha”.

Translated to English this states:  “I hereby take upon myself the mitzvah love your fellowman as yourself”.

This is an important daily reminder to treat others the way you want to be treated.  Help and uplift others.  I’m reminded of this important good deed each morning, and it drives me to do the things that I do each and every day.

I wish you a life worth living that encompasses “Veahavta Lereacha Kamocha” – treat others as you want to be treated!

Shabbat in the Probate Industry

I keep Shabbat. It is a Jewish Holiday! Once a week!

It is a critical part of being a Jew. Well, some of us Jews think so. Most do not. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course. Everyone is entitled to their own path.

I love Shabbat, for many reasons, as well as this one: It is an opportunity to escape the high-paced business I run. We are always available to our clients. There is no such thing as 9 to 5 in real estate, and certainly not in our business. We communicate with buyers, sellers, our contractors, and other vendors at 6am, and we communicate with them at 11pm and anytime in between.

It is therefore wonderful to escape it all for 26 hours or so. No work. No meetings. No driving to properties. No laptop. No cell phone. No zoom. From about an hour before Sunset each Friday to about one hour after Sunset each Saturday, I am away from it all. And it is a wonderful thing to be able to focus on rest… and family… and the meaning of it all.

And what about you? Jew or not a Jew… if you feel like you need a break… you know what to do…!

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

Thanksgiving Thoughts and Wishes for You and Yours!

You do not have to believe in G-d. You do not need to be a Jew. Here are the thoughts I want to share on this Thanksgiving with you.

The following is the first prayer observant Jews say each morning when they wake up, before getting out of bed: “I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me. Your faithfulness is great.”

I am grateful to have my soul restored each morning. I am grateful and thankful for yet another day that I awake and that is granted to me.

On this Thanksgiving week, and beyond, I wish for you not to forget gratitude… to appreciate each day and to use that time to do good deeds.

And if you happen to face obstacles in your life (and we all have experienced obstacles), there is this prayer that is repeated MULTIPLE times daily: “And for those who plot evil against me, hasten to annul their counsel and frustrate their design. Let them be as chaff before the wind.”

I am grateful for each and every person that was brought and will one day come into my life. I am also grateful for each person that was removed and will be removed from my life. I wish the same for you!

Wishing you strength during these not so simple yet beautiful times.

Orit Gadish