Grandparents are much more than older relatives. Grandparents are links in the endless chain of generations, both stretching back in history and reaching forward to future generations. They are conduits of wisdom, love and support. Experts confirm what history already proves: loving grandparents are among the major positive shapers of Jewish identity.
Every person born into this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique. Life calls each person to discover that she or he is unique and that there has never been anyone like her or him before. For had there been something like any of us before, there would be no need for us to be born into the world. Our task in this life is to fully develop and fulfill our uniqueness in the world, as a gift to the world.
Adapted from the writings of Martin Buber