Hope and a bright future.

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Yesterday, the Jewish people worldwide observed Tisha B’av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. We recalled calamity after calamity, particularly the destruction of the Holy Temples in Yerushalayim. The Talmud tells us that the Second Holy Temple-the Beis Hamikdash which fell to the Romans over two thousand years ago, was caused by senseless hatred.While we mourn- fasting, sitting on the floor, and reciting lamentations, we nonetheless have hope for the future. We need only reflect on our wonderful and supportive Lev Lalev family. This month so many of you responded to help fund the summer experience for our orphaned girls. It’s because of you and all our loyal donors that we can look beyond “Tisha B’av” with optimism and a resounding sense of a strong future.There are always dark clouds before a storm; but after each storm the sun reappears. Your actions bring sunshine and inspiration.  Thank you for helping the poor and downtrodden in Israel.  May your example of kindness and love serve to bring the rebuilding of the Holy Temple speedily in our time.

Shimon Pepper