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Torah Curtain (detail) (2011) by Mark Podwal Fabricated by Penn and Fletcher Courtesy Yeshiva University Museum

There is a renowned philanthropist in Vienna named Thomas Moskowitz. He is the CEO of Bank Winter, which has assets in the billions of euros. He’s not a man who covets recognition but a few years back he agreed to come to New Jersey to be honored in Lakewood.

He began his remarks that evening by proclaiming: “I’m something really special.” He went on to explain that the key to his success in business was his great timing. Those in attendance were shocked that he would speak so brashly of his prowess. He then dropped the punch line, explaining that he had wonderful timing in the sense that he succeeded his father, Simon Moskowitz, who founded the bank and set it on its successful course.

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The crowd chuckled, understanding now that he was really being humble.

Each of us is given a specific name at birth, personal and familial. With those names come both potential and challenge. Our task as we pass through this world is to meet that challenge and actualize that potential by engaging with the three crowns of glory and ensuring that a beautiful shem tov emanates from our efforts.

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Rabbi Dovid M. Cohen is director of New York Synagogues and director of Community Engagement for Yachad at the Orthodox Union. He is the author of "We're Almost There: Living with Patience, Perseverance and Purpose" (Mosaica Press, 2016). His website is www.rabbidovidmcohen.com.

5 COMMENTS

  1. YOU KNOW ME MY LIFE IS AN. OPEN. BOOK IT IS BEEN WRITTEN LONG BEFORE CHRIASTIANITY ,ISLAM AND OTHER. FAITH FOUNDED.Ī IAM THE ONE,THE TRUE,THE REAL….I OŇLY EXIST TO FULLFILL THE PROMISE OF ONE TRUE ĢOD,THE GOD OF FÒREFATHER AVRAHAM THE GOD OF ISRAEL.I AM FROM DAVIDIC LINE A BLOOD LINE OF JUDA.

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