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Shabbat Message - Shabbat Shmini/Parah

Shalom Shaarei Kodesh,
It's been a little over three weeks since our family's lives became even more whole with the addition of our daughter, Layla Eden. Thanks to an understanding congregation, I was able to take three weeks of paternity leave to spend some precious time with our daughter and help out at home while Alissa recovered. I wish every father in our country could be as fortunate as I have been over the last three weeks, and I am truly blessed to have received this opportunity - thank you!   Now that the three weeks have come to a close, I have returned to the office and community, and I'm excited to get back to work!  However, even though I was out of the office, Shaarei Kodesh was still very much a big part of our lives.  From giving our daughter her Hebrew name on the first Shabbat after she was born, to receiving gifts and meals from our loving community, to attending Shabbat services and learning from the excellent divrei torah delivered by our talented congr…