18 Years Later, We Choose Life - Never Forget (9/11)

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So hard to believe that it's been 18 (חי, chai) years.

It seems like it was just yesterday.

I was finishing prayers with my students in #Chicago when we were told to proceed to the gym for a special announcement.

I still remember who told me the news, what he said, and the facial expression he used.

How could I forget?

  • 😨The sheer terror and confusion.

  • 😨The loss and destruction.

  • 😨The sense of powerlessness and emptiness

But also....

  • 🤝The brave men and women who sacrificed their lives and well-being to help others.

  • 🤝Our nation's unity and resolve.

  • 🤝The willingness to pick ourselves up and keep going.

That's the Jewish idea of "חי", life.

No matter the challenge or setback, and there have been so many, pick yourself up, keep going, and believe that a better future is just around the corner.