Dear Klal Yisroel,
I am still struggling to gather my thoughts after the unbelievable kiddush Hashem that I, along with thousands upon thousands of our brethren from across North America, witnessed at the Meadowlands Exposition Center yesterday. A distinct sense of achdus, determination and optimism permeated every one of the 61,000 square feet in the Center. Yidden of all ages, backgrounds and income level gave of their time, knowledge and resources to help others succeed, all the while helping themselves as well.
At this time, I must acknowledge Rabbi and Mrs. Nosson and Devorah Wahl, who worked around the clock over the past few months to make sure that every detail works out in the best possible manner. As I look back, I am amazed at how we managed to organize an event of this magnitude with such limited resources. It is no doubt a testimony to the Wahls’ talent and unwavering dedication. Mrs. Wahl made this her personal project and invested her heart and soul into it, and it could not have happened without her.
It has been a long road until here, with months – actually years – of seemingly endless toil and uphill logistical struggles. Seeing all the happy faces at the Expo and hearing the countless individual success stories from both vendors and attendees in the days since has made it all worthwhile.
It is an honor for me to have had a role in such a great event, but I view every attendee, vendor, volunteer, staff member and supporter as a major partner in its success, nd for that I am highly appreciative.
I’d like to thank my wife and children for standing at my side and tolerating my preoccupation with this project over the past months.
Most of all, I’d like to offer a shevach v’hodaah to Hakadosh Boruch Hu for the clear siyata diShmaya that we saw every step of the way.