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It is hard to believe that another year has passed, and that in one week we will be celebrating the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah. The opportunity that the New Year holds brings excitement to my soul, and inspires a deep longing to grow closer to God.

In preparation for the holiday, where tradition holds that we are judged individually for the good and bad deeds of the previous year, I focus my energies on prayer, repentance, and charity. Growing closer to God always gives me a sense of security and warmth, and enables me to welcome the New Year with confidence and joy. Obeying God’s word makes me feel blessed to be alive, as I partner with Him in fulfilling His biblical will.

Children in Israel have already begun to learn about Rosh Hashanah in school and have made beautiful New Year’s cards for Holocaust survivors and sick children. The biblical concept of standing together in love and prayer is instilled in Israeli children from a young age, as they help deliver food boxes to the needy and donate clothes to the poor.

Amazingly, it is not only the Israeli people that have stood unified to provide for the weakest of Israeli society, but the Christian and Jewish community in America and Canada as well. Leading up to the holiday, I have been busy delivering Fellowship-funded food boxes to thousands of needy families who would otherwise be hungry, and providing new clothing and shoes to orphans and abandoned children.

Seeing their faces light up after reading the Fellowship New Year’s card, which explains that this is a holiday gift from Christians and Jews in Canada, is priceless. I’ll never forget watching eight-year-old Tamar open the food box for her family. After seeing that they won’t go hungry this Rosh Hashanah, she broke down crying. “It is because of The Fellowship that I can enter this Rosh Hashanah with a feeling of hope,” she said. The biblical and prophetic work of The Fellowship is spreading courage and comfort throughout the Holy Land, and letting Israel’s people know that we are not alone.

The prevalent and lifesaving acts of charity and kindness that are being done in Israel through the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada enable the people of Israel to welcome this new year in high spirits and thanksgiving to God. Thank you, friends in America and Canada, for giving hope to the desolate, feeding the hungry, and caring for the orphaned during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Wishing you a shana tova u’mitukah – a happy and sweet new year,