#BlogElul Day 24: Hope

For years, when I heard the name “Shprintza”, I thought, “Ech, typical, Yiddish-sounding Fiddler-on-the-Roof nonsensical name.”

Then one day I decided to see if it had any meaning. It turns out that it was the jargonization of the Spanish name “Esperanza”, which means Hope. That sounds rather pretty.

I would imagine that nowadays, any Israeli named for an ancestress named Shprintza would be named Tikva, one of the Hebrew words for Hope.

The Jewish Nation as a community has hope, and a happy ending promised to us. Each individual Jew is not given that hope.

That is why great people (Rav Yisrael Salanter among others) have advised that in order to do our part in securing a good destiny, individuals should bind ourselves to the community.

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