Monday, March 22, 2010

The Prescient Letter

(adj.) prescient - perceiving the significance of events before they occur

In 1986, after my husband got his first position as a rabbi, he wrote to Rabbi Norbert Weinberg of Fall River, MA, an early professional mentor, to tell him the news.  Rabbi Weinberg wrote a congratulatory letter that my husband held onto all these years.  We unearthed the letter yesterday afternoon in the archeological dig that we call our basement.

The letter reads, in part:

"But if I may be pardoned for just one word of mussar - it is that you keep the Eretz Yisrael option very much alive for both yourself and your congregants.  I sometimes have the frightening feeling that we rabbis are building on quicksand, as rabbis in previous generations have done.  We should never lose sight of our ultimate goal."

Thank you, Rabbi Weinberg, for the seed you planted 24 years ago.  May it bring you satisfaction to know that it is finally coming to fruition.

2 comments:

Ye'he Sh'mey Raba Mevorach said...

What a find! Despite the space issues you mentioned in your last post, I think you need to frame that one. Also, send it out to every pulpit rabbi you know in the US. :)

LOVE YOU!!!!!!

rutimizrachi said...

WOW!!! Powerful and inspirational message to unearth "in the archeological dig that we call our basement." (I loved that phrase, as I remember identifying with it 100% back in the day.)

Isn't it constantly pleasing that Hashem saves these messages for us to find until they will do the most good? Another reminder that He does attend to each of out stories very personally.