From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda)Blank MS, BCC
Director of Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim
May 28, 2020

On behalf of the Chaplaincy Commission, Rabbi Michael Chazzan, Rabbi Yochanan Ivry,
Rabbi Tziphania Kreiger and Rabbi Simcha Silverman want to wish our readers a wonderful Yom Tov of Shavuous.

Another Yom Tov, another Shabbos, many outdoor minyanim are occurring, many shul minyanim are happening, every week we read about a renewal of normalcy one way or another. Yet, it does not appear everything is back to normal. I will not go into that as you can read for yourselves from the various rabbinic publications, organizational communications and so on. Aside from the many shops that are still closed, there are many items you still cannot purchase- anywhere because they are just
not available. The many shailos and challenging circumstances Rabbanim deal with continue often daily with ever changing policies, procedures, halachos and so on. Chaplains you might think are having an easier time of it, but the many issues they deal with continue day in and day out. Parents of children with special needs are having a difficult time. Families with relatives who are ill, elderly, and have other issues to contend with. Yet, with all that is said, somehow, we seem to rally on as difficult as it might be and find the strength to enter the Yom Tov and Shabbos with determination, kedusha and meaningful happiness.

For all who are facing day and night difficult challenges, it would be nice to wake up to a new day where everything is once again better again. It could happen. Whether or not you are able to or permitted to attend a minyan on Shavuous, whether you are able to stay up and learn or say Tikun, please enjoy your dairy delicacies Thank you. Sincerely, Yehuda Blank

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