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Eli Akerman H. Rosh Hadracha Kinneret B’Colombia

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in Judaism, a day of repentance and forgiveness. On this
unique date, Jews across the world fast for a full day; some spend the day in synagogues
and others in a special place that enhances the atmosphere of introspection and personal
reflection. This day comes after ten days of repentance, during which many pray and
deeply reflect. However, from my point of view, Yom Kippur does not solely revolve
around praying but rather on understanding the actions that we have been taking
throughout the year and the renewal of our commitment of becoming better people.
Starting the New Year with a clear conscience is highly important. In this way, one
refreshes his energies and starts the year trying to achieve a better version of himself,
whether it is as a Jew, a member of the tnua, or as a human being.

Nevertheless, changes and repentance have many faces and may be achieved in many
different ways. From my personal experience, during the time of reflection on Yom
Kippur, I have reached different conclusions, from looking for the best way to try to be a
better person and do good to those around me to understanding how to change negative
behaviors that have affected me. This year, I understood a different concept. Through the
process of reflection, I started searching for the best way for a real change, not only for me
but for everyone. This is how I discovered the value of unity, the value of being a united
people.

The reality is that the Jewish people have not survived for more than three thousand years
by chance but because of the efforts to maintain unity. In my opinion, unity has been the
most significant value in the history of our people, thus granting us the foundation to
generate values for a better society and life. This is the time to commit to unity and never
let it go. It is essential to understand that, although it is an ancient concept, it does not
mean that we have to stop using it. On the contrary, this is the time to unite even more.
In a time of modern anti-Semitism and a threat to our State, this is the moment to find
unity, to commit to unity.

The best way to create change is to stay together and understand that we work better this
way. Unity will provide us with the best tools to make a change for the better on a large
scale, a real change. Unity will give us the courage to continue taking the path of truth, of
forgiveness and cooperation. Even if we are attacked, we will keep going because we will
do it together. I believe that we must transmit this message in the tnua so that our
chanichim can grow up as an integral part of this millenary chain of generations and can
embrace and unite the generations to come.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far this year and in the years to come, go
together.

Gmar Chatima Tova!

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