Everyone wants to contribute something significant to the world, to play a meaningful part in the cosmic symphony we call life. This desire is a basic component of what it means to be human. We yearn to expand beyond our limited sphere of existence and become a part of something meaningful, something infinitely greater than ourselves. Ego and fame aside, this yearning stems from a deep spiritual place, an inner knowledge that, at root, we, in fact, are part of something infinitely greater than ourselves. Each one of use is an integral piece in a collective whole that transcends the sum of its parts. The question in life is not whether we wish to accomplish something significant with the life we’ve been given, the question is how. How can I become more self-aware, more disciplined, more caring, more successful. This is the human saga, a tale of struggle and progress, setback and evolution. This theme is potently expressed in this week’s parshah, Acharei Mos.

As elder law attorneys, we often meet with clients who are aging or are related to those who are aging. Elder law covers a broad range of areas, including helping the elderly and disabled attain the governmental benefits they need while simultaneously preserving their assets. Another component of elder law is basic estate planning. We typically prepare wills, trusts and advance directives for our clients and their family members.

The upcoming Cross River Open on Sunday, May 26, will be a golden opportunity for tennis enthusiasts from throughout the greater tri-state Jewish community to gather and compete in the game they love. The inaugural event will feature both singles and doubles tournament play for both men and women and is expected to draw over 150 passionate and highly-skilled tennis players, representing a wide range of communities, including the Five Towns, Monsey, Lakewood, Brooklyn, the Upper West Side, Great Neck, Teaneck, Englewood, and Queens.

Recap: Vivian passed a note to Ruchama during class that accused Jews of setting bombs. It was clearly anti-Semitic. Ruchama goes to the meeting on campus with Ella’s group and she starts to have the uncomfortable feeling that she is going to faint. Since this is not the first time she experienced this, she is worried that something is wrong with her.

We all want good and thoughtful ideas to share at the Seder. This collection of short and deep insights for the Seder are organized in such a way that each one is independent, but they also develop into a deeper theme when you read them all together. I hope they will aid you on your journey towards a meaningful and transformative Seder night.

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