THE BIRTH OF HOPE
One of the tragic victims of 9/11 was a newly-married man whose young wife was nine-months pregnant with their first child. The baby was born on Yom Kippur (two weeks later), and was named Lior Mordechai, as had been pre-agreed by the couple. But the mother gave him an additional name – Avichai, which means “my father lives.”
This 9/11 death and Yom Kippur birth offers us powerful lessons in our lives today. Discover how this tragedy instilled new hope into this mother, and the surprising twist behind this child’s name.
Shabbat Shuvah – which corresponds this year with 9/11 – always falls between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. It prepares us for the most holy of days, teaching us how to return to God, how to tap into divine compassion, how to rediscover hope even after loss, and how to seek forgiveness, be forgiven and forgive others.