"And may the period from this Yom Kippur until the next, be good for us."
I am writing to you on one of the holiest of days in the Jewish year.
A few days ago, we marked Rosh Hashana - the first day of the year 5778 and the beginning of the ten days of Tshuva.
On these most solemn days, we are asked not only to pray to G-D for forgiveness but also to repent for any wrong deeds over the past year and better our way of life in the year ahead.
Our ancient tradition teaches us that this process is not only for the individual soul but for the whole Jewish people. We are all mutually responsible for each other as individuals and as a People -Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh La-Zeh.
It is said that the good deeds as well as the wrong deeds of each of us is part of the collective fabric of society and are an integral part of the face of Klal Yisrael - The People of Israel.
It is for this reason that I often call our WIZO work ‘Tikkun olam" because through WIZO, we provide education which in turn provides food and shelter. We provide
company to those who are disconnected from society, we provide a safe haven for those who live in fear.
When I look back at all we have done over the past year, I remember all the children, women and youth who were touched, inspired and empowered by our work.
This blessed work is proof of just how connected we are to our Jewish roots.
This Yom Kippur we can be proud of our WIZO work and look forward to the coming year, in which we will continue, as is part of our Jewish heritage, to carry out this sacred mission of ‘Tikun Olam’.
גמר חתימה טובה
G'mar Hatimah Tovah
Prof. Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson, World WIZO
Photo Credit: Yom Kippur _ Government Press Office (Israel)