First, let me thank Hashem and the Gutnick family for the gift of being able to be involved in this project. It seems that all accomplishments take great effort. Rebbetzin Sara is our ballerina, spinning and spinning, in what seems to be effortless grace. Of course, only years of discipline and training allow for this.

They say three generations of ancestors come to each Jewish wedding. I wonder how many generations of mothers come to the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle gatherings to share and “shep naches” over their beautiful daughters. Each Jewish family is a huge accomplishment. It evolves with great skill and patience, and, of course, the secret ingredient: “chochmat nashim banta bayta” – “the wisdom of women builds a home”.

On Rosh Chodesh we gather together to support each other, encourage each other, celebrate each other. In every generation, family by family, we build the generation. Ever mindful of the profound task given to each and every one of us, we look for Divine help, always. We need prayer to accomplish such a big task. We also look to our leaders, our Rabbis and Rebbetzins to help guide us. I look to Rabbi Mordechai and Rebbetzin Sara Gutnick for inspiration and direction.

Each month, wherever we are in the world, we see the same moon as it evolves. Let us belong to Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle. On Rosh Chodesh, when we see that sliver of a new moon, let us remember and remind each other of the privilege of being a Jewish woman, of the responsibility to our families, and of the simple fact that G-d has entrusted us with such a noble mission.