On Tuesday night during the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, Otsar Family Services presented a most enlightening evening lecture with two outstanding guest speakers to a spellbound audience. The esteemed author Rabbi Paysach Krohn and Rabbi Eytan Feiner of the White Shul wowed the crowd with beautiful words of divreiTorah and chizuk. Rabbi Teitelbaum, mara d’asra of the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, started off the evening by welcoming the audience and the many new faces.
Rabbi Krohn started his derashah giving accolades to the Otsar organization for the 34 years of working hand-in-hand with families of developmentally disabled children and adults. He went on to comment how happy the children and individuals are, and how they love Yiddishkeit and the holiday rituals and minhagim. Rabbi Krohn continued his speech discussing the recent war in Israel. The 18 days of fear and tragedy, especially with regard to the three innocent teenage boys who were murdered, and the effect this war had on Am Yisrael, Jews in the U.S. and all across the globe–am echad k’nefesh echad.
Rabbi Feiner, dynamic and exuberant in his presentation, began by reading parts of a recent Otsar newsletter. He became emotional as he quoted the members of Otsar’s Chevra, as they wanted to improve themselves and make positive changes in their own lives for the New Year. Rabbi Feiner went on to connect the YamimNora’im and Aseres Yemei Teshuvah to the old adage of “you are what you eat.” In essence, we try to watch the foods we ingest; we must be more stringent with regard to what foods we eat and how we eat them. In doing so, we will purify our hearts and enhance our tefillah to HaKadosh Baruch Hu.
Otsar Family Services wants to thank the Five Towns community for welcoming them, and all their sponsors and participants for their tremendous support. May Hashem listen to our prayers during these YamimNoraim and chagim, and bestow on us and our families the berachah of good health and happiness.