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Three Lessons from Hurricane Irma© - Rosh Hashanah 5778/2017

Three Lessons from Hurricane Irma©
Rosh Hashanah (First Day) - 5778/2017
Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
Have you ever heard the term Hurricane babies?  Hurricane babies are generally born 9 months after a major hurricane.  A couple is hunkered down in their home, the power is out, the candles are burning, and well, you get the picture.  I wanted to share something you may not know about me:  I'm a hurricane baby.

On August 25th 1979, the same day I entered the world, the US National Hurricane Center reported that a tropical depression had developed and the storm was given the name, David.  So I'm a hurricane baby, but not in the traditional sense – both Hurricane David and I were born on the same day. 1

My parents often tell me the story of Hurricane David– my parents and grandparents had moved to Florida just five years before from New York, and they knew little about hurricanes.  Hurricane David was a category 5 storm before it hit the Dominican Republic, close…