May the Kadosh Baruch Hu, the Holy One, bless you and all those you love with a new year of good health, peace, fulfillment and the love of family, friends and community.
L'shanah tovah tikateivu לשנה טובה תכתבו
Rabbi Amy Levin
The Jewish Hero is Not the Saint, But the Mentsch!
But it does suggest that their lives are permeated by a passion for righteousness. Who knows, one of the thirty-six may be sitting next to you right now, you'll never know.
Righteousness, then, is down-to-earth, accessible, and worldly. The quintessential Jewish hero is not the saint, but the mentsch. Righteousness is something for which we can all strive. It doesn't demand perfection; it does challenge us to do good in humble and unassuming ways. Whether we walk with God or before God, righteousness is a reminder to us that we recognize our role as servants who can fulfill God's will.
Whether you strive to be a righteous person in the manner of Noah or in the
manner of Abraham, I say, go for it! The Torah says: a righteous person lives by faith. In the end, that's all we have--our faith in God and our faith in ourselves. Maybe we ought to ask ourselves, "When we look in the mirror each morning, do we like the person looking back?"
That's the true test of righteousness!
Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan