I have always struggled with the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I think we need a national day on which we acknowledge our gifts; health, family, friends, etc. What I have difficulty with is, why do we need a special day for giving thanks? Shouldn’t it be a daily occurrence? Sadly, to me, it seems as if Thanksgiving Day has lost it’s meaning. Long before Halloween arrives, stores are displaying their holiday wares. Stores are competing with each other as to which one can begin their “Black Friday” sales the soonest. Some stores are opening their doors before families have finished their Thanksgiving meal! People are rushing to get through the opportunity to spend time with loved ones just so they can get to the stores to do their holiday shopping. What does this trend say about us, as a society, that Thanksgiving Day has become just a day off from work and a chance to get our holiday shopping done? This Thanksgiving, I hope we can return to a time when Thanksgiving was the day we spent with family and friends, stuffed ourselves silly, maybe watched some football, argue over politics, and shared with those gathered around the table, that for which we were truly thankful. This Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for my health, my family, my friends, and that I have been blessed to have served those who needed my professional services. I wish you and yours a Thanksgiving Day which is filled with Peace, Health, Happiness, Love, and Laughter. Warmly, Rudy

Shop Local

This Saturday is “Shop Local Saturday.” Shopping locally allows your community stores and companies to thrive and to return to your community in all kind of ways, not just financially. We support other local business, religious institutions, and local charities. This idea of shopping locally is no more important than when the need for funeral or memorial services arise. Supporting your local, independent funeral home rather than the out-of-state, conglomerate,  corporate funeral provider keeps your dollars in your community and allows us to support other local business and our own communities. Your local independent funeral home knows you, knows the local customs and traditions, and is committed to our local communities. To whom are the conglomerate funeral homes loyal? Certainly not you. And, without a doubt, your local, independently owned funeral home will cost you thousands of dollars less than the giant, corporate-owned funeral factories. On behalf of Chesed v’Emet and all the other local independent funeral directors, I hope you won’t need our services for many years. But, in the event you need us, we will respond to your every need, on “Shop Local Saturday,” on Thanksgiving Day and every other day of the year.