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Rabbi Sholom Klass, z"l

Dear Daddy,

So much has changed since you left us. We are going through very turbulent times. The United States is totally divided and in Israel there is also a lot of discord.

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I wish you were here to guide us. Things were always so clear to you. You would open the Gemara and find the answer.

Today, sheker is emes (falsehood has become truth). We don’t know where to turn. Even some learned people are confused.

For the sake of peace, we are trying to be silent, and peace is very important. But I fear that is not the way you would want us to be.

Every night I ask you to come to me in a dream, to give me guidance, the way you did that night six months after your death, but, alas, I wait alone.

A terrible magayfa (plague) has gripped the world and no one is reasonable anymore. Violence is acceptable, depending on which group is causing the violence.

Statues of some of our heroes have been destroyed. But free speech is suddenly outlawed. Even the president of the United States is not immune.

Over 60 years ago, you and Mommy and Zadie Raphael founded The Jewish Press to be a voice for Torah Jewry. For many years you were the lone voice.

We still have Torah articles throughout the paper, but on politics raging the country, we are now silent. Are you sad?

Although I have fear of all that is going on, and what is yet to come, my faith and belief in Hashem is very strong, and I recognize that He is the master planner. Our prayers are constant and our faith is ever present.

We, your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, are not the only ones who miss you. Even 21 years later, your name still evokes respect and hope.

You were always a fighter for your people while on earth and now I believe that you are shaking the heavens from above. And I know that you will continue to be a meilitz yosher for all of us – your family and Klal Yisrael.

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Naomi Klass Mauer is the co-publisher of The Jewish Press.