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Um... Thank You?

Posted on 11/16/2012 @ 07:11 PM

There’s a Jewish tradition that we should say 100 blessings each day -- over food, prayer, waking up, practically every action we take. But realistically, how often in your hectic lives do you pause to think… what am I really thankful for?

How often do we take the chance to think about what we have in our lives, what we’ve accomplished in the last day, week, month or year? If you were to create a list of your 100 blessings, what would it contain?

I am thankful for my family, friends, and colleagues. I am thankful that as a North American I have the freedom, not only to live and pray as a Jew, but to work for a Jewish organization. I am thankful that as a Jew I have a homeland; Israel and even in times of crisis I know it can persevere. I am thankful for the smaller things in life – like a new book to read or time to myself. The big things matter but we can’t lose sight of the smaller ones that are also worth thinking about.

What are you thankful for? What have you accomplished in life since the last time you stopped to think about giving thanks? What are you hoping you’ll give thanks for later today, tomorrow or next year? And, for those who celebrate Thanksgiving, as you gather with family and friends next week, you have a perfect opportunity to reflect upon what the past year has brought to you, and create your own list of blessings.

Thankfulness is contagious. Please share what you’re thankful for by tweeting it with #BBYOThanks by the end of the Thanksgiving weekend (but please don’t tweet on Shabbat!). We’ll compile the list and share it back with everyone.

We give thanks to Danny Bittker, Program Associate of Michigan Region, for crafting this Shabbat Message.

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