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.
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.