I’m Grateful

Watching on as a Ramat Shalomnik chooses Judaism! Today, I want to focus on gratitude. This isn’t easy. It’s been another very challenging week for Jews, for Americans, for Israel. I’ve addressed many of these challenges on Twitter and Facebook. I could share many thoughts about these challenges in my weekly message. But, right now, as we prepare for Shabbat and look forward to Thanksgiving, I need to shift my attention to some of the good things that are going on in my life. This shift doesn’t require me to ignore the challenging realities that are out there. That would be irresponsible. At the same time, by not paying more attention to the good things and expressing my gratitude for these good things, I don’t give my soul the spiritual recharge it needs – and this too is irresponsible. These days, we’re bombarded with stories detailing how challenging it can be to be…