This year, 5779, we will be celebrating the concept of “legacy.” We Jews live with an acute awareness of our past. We are an historic people with a unique covenant with God. We have given the world many gifts and we have blessed every country and community where we have dwelled.
But we also live with an eye towards the future. As important as is our past, the future of the Jewish people has always been our priority. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah; our prophets and sages, our mothers and fathers all devoted themselves to us, their future. Our goal as Jews living a Jewish life is that we build upon the past and live with our eyes firmly focused on the future. Like those who have come before us, we are commanded to be Jewish legacy builders. We build upon our past to make the future better and to make the world a better place for those who come after us.
How do we create our legacy? Some of us are blessed with financial resources and can leave behind a legacy of financial resources. Others create a legacy with a dedication to tikkun olam and social justice. Other people create a legacy of integrity, kindness and living by Jewish values. And all of us should be able to create a legacy of love for our families, our values and our God.
We look forward to a future of blessing and an opportunity to create and enhance our legacy to make the world better for us and our children.
L’dor Va’Dor, From Generation to Generation