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SERMON: Will You Be My Valentine?

February 16, 2016

Almost from the day I came to Beth Tfiloh, 38 years ago this month, our great benefactor, Haron Dahan, and I had a very close relationship. We spent much time together; with him making my dreams turn into reality. Our High School and this magnificent sanctuary are examples of this. Working together over so many years, you get to know a person! Haron used to share some of his pearls of wisdom with me, some thoughts and quotes, that made him tick. He oftentimes would say, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail,” or “Give a man a fish and you give him a dinner, teach a man to fish and you give him a livelihood.” One of his favorite and oft-quoted words was the Talmudic expression, “Tafasta merubah lo tafasta” … loosely translated meaning, “One who grabs too much ends up with nothing.” A Native American version of this tells us: “If you chase two rabbits you will lose them both.” Yes, we should all aim for the stars but keep your feet on the ground. You have to know when to hold, know when to fold, know when enough is enough. This philosophy of “Tafasta merubah lo tafasta” worked for Mr. Dahan. He left a foundation of over $100 million. READ MORE

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