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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin

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From Rabbi David

In a week my wife and I will be celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary. After 24 years and 4 kids I can tell you with confidence that marriage and raising a family is hard work. There's no way around it but to go through it. And just when things seem too good to be true - life throws you a curveball.

Having said all of that - it is also the most rewarding and fulfilling work in the world. Learning how to live with a partner or children or both teaches us more about ourselves than it does about them. Maybe that's why Jacob works for 14 years in this week's parsha to be with his beloved Rachel. The work was worth it and he knew it. It's interesting to me that while the Torah describes the work Jacob had to do before he was able to marry Rachel, it largely ignores the work that he had to do, that they had to do together, after they were married. We who have families know that his work didn't end under the huppah - it just began.

Thank you for the work that you do everyday in raising, teaching and loving your children and thank you for allowing us to share in that sacred work with you.

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