Message from our Chairperson

Dear Friends,

As we begin our 10th year as Chavurat Emet and my final year as your chairman, I want to take this opportunity to share a thought - life is precious - don't waste it waiting - enjoy the ride.

Robert Hastings wrote in his essay, The Station, that tucked away in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision in which we see ourselves on a long journey.

But uppermost in our conscious minds is our final destination and once that day comes, so many wonderful dreams will come true. Yes, when we reach the station,that will be it …."win that promotion….put the last kid through college…buy that Mercedes-Benz…. have a nest egg for retirement!" From that day on, we will all live happily ever after.

Sooner or later, however, we must realize there is no station in this life, no one earthly place to arrive at once and for all. The journey is the joy.

The station is an illusion….it constantly outdistances us. Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a dream. Yesterday, is a fading sunset, tomorrow is a faint sunrise. Only today is there light enough to love and live. So, gently close the door on yesterday and throw the key away.

It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad, but rather regret over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.

My friends, life must be lived as we go along. As Hastings said, "The station will come soon enough."

I wish you a year of a beautiful journey, with lot of interesting stops along the way, including your Chavurah.

Shana Tova,

Arthur Podwall,
Chairman