Letter to the Editor: Putting the Values of the Jewish High Holy Days into Practice

The Delaware County Daily Times

To the Times:

The Jewish High Holy Days are right around the corner, and for me it’s a time to honor family traditions. Every year, my family gathers together to attend services at our synagogue, prepare and enjoy festive meals and thoughtfully consider the year past and the one to come. It is a period to remind ourselves of our commitment to Jewish values, when we give pause to reconsider our prior actions and take time to right any wrongs. And it’s a time to set a new resolve for the year ahead.

Jewish values have permeated both my personal and professional life. My father was a Holocaust survivor who became a hard-working bakery owner, and instilled in me both the deep importance of including traditions into my everyday life and maintaining a strong work ethic.

My father’s one request was that I not pursue a career in the food industry. I instead chose to pursue law, and have had the opportunity as chairman and managing partner to join Blank Rome, a 600-lawyer firm founded in 1946 by two Jewish men who couldn’t get hired elsewhere. To this day, the firm remains committed to a model of diversity and inclusion, and to supporting Jewish causes and communities.

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“Letter to the Editor: Putting the Values of the Jewish High Holy Days into Practice,” by Alan J. Hoffman was published in The Delaware County Daily Times on September 12, 2018.