In this month of Thanksgiving—with December just around the corner—it’s an ideal time to consider the benefits of practicing gratitude. I say “practice” because living in gratitude takes some daily work for most of us. It’s certainly not a way of being that is very supported by the consumer-oriented society we live in, that constantly pushes more, newer, better stuff.
By Miriam Steinberg-Egeth
On Sunday afternoon, I taught a class to a group of 8th graders that covered, among other topics, the importance of community, why we perform acts of gimilut chasidim (lovingkindness), and the fact that you are more likely to get in a car accident than you are to get Ebola. Then, driving home from the class
I love the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot—the fun, creative process of decorating a sukkah; the beauty of looking through the sukkah roof at the autumn moon and stars; the pleasure of eating delicious meals with friends and family in the unique, impermanent shelter that is a Sukkah. Several years ago