… and saved in the Database, and blessed for goodness and health. May your RAM and your hard-drive function keep on ticking. May you always stay connected to the network, have a signal, be compatible. May your software be up to date, and may your backups be intact. May you not become corrupted or infected. And may you be sealed in the Book of Life.

And now a story from Reb Shlomo:

It’s a beautiful story. The Chiddushe HaRim, the old Gerer Rebbe, before Rosh Hoshanah, received a letter from one of the Chassidim, and this is what he said, “Heilage Zeisa Rebbe, my Holy Master, please let me know… please tell me… please enlighten me… Which is the most important prayer of Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays? The Chiddushe HaRim answered him back and this is what he said, “I want you to know, I want you to know, I receive so many letters that I could never answer them. But I hasten to answer your letter, because your letter was wet with tears, when I received it. So I hasten to answer you.” And he says, “Please do know that every prayer, every prayer is important. Every prayer reaches heaven. And the heavens are open. But I want you to know, I want you to know, when it comes to this prayer, I want you to concentrate, with the deepest, deepest depths of your heart, of your soul, of everything you have. Because this is all there is to Rosh Hoshana. This is what we are praying for on the first day of the year, and the last day of the last year. “Vayaydah kal pa-ule kee Atah p’alto. And every creation will know that You created him.) To know that there is one G-d. Let the whole world know. Let the whole world know.

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