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Four Year Anniversary of Our Move

05/21/2020 04:44:24 PM

May21

Rabbi Dan Dorsch

 
This past week, I had a conversation with someone from New Jersey who is contemplating moving down to our community. Did I miss anything about New Jersey life, he asked. Did I regret the decision?
 
I was honest with him. I do miss a good kosher deli. I miss having my family close by (usually). I am not too fond of the four hour drive to the closest beach.
 
But beyond that, I told him that moving here was the best decision that my family has ever made. Most significantly, our lives have been enriched by the people we meet and the friendships we’ve begun to form. We enjoy an excellent quality of life, although admittedly, in the middle of a pandemic, it’s hard to see that in action.
 
Rabbi Lewis and I often reminisce about how fortunate we feel, as we continue to be the recipients of a level of love and respect that the office of rabbi receives from you. It comes in the form of small gestures and tokens of appreciation, and thank you notes we get from you. The small can of Diet Cream Soda and ding dongs that one of you leaves in my office at the end of Yom Kippur, or the Mishloach Manot we receive around Purim mean the world to us. Especially when we go to Rabbinical Assembly conventions and hear so many of our colleagues who feel unappreciated.
 
Living down here, my kids are learning to appreciate their Judaism, and not take their Judaism for granted. East Cobb is the perfect storm of our kids getting the amenities of a large Jewish community while still feeling the need to actively engage with their Judaism. When you have to actively decide to take off for the High Holy Days because the public schools don’t automatically close, you think about making Jewish choices. In the meanwhile, I get to see my daughter grow in our preschool, while my wife accompanies my son to school every day and teaches him to daven.
 
As we mark four years since our move, am I happy with where we’ve ended up? QT is a poor man’s Wawa. Of this fact, there is no debate.
 
Otherwise, if this is our slice of heaven, we couldn’t be happier.
 
Only let’s not tell too many people. I don’t want them all moving down here and ruining it for the rest of us.
Wed, June 3 2020 11 Sivan 5780