This week everyone is focused on being thankful – we take a day to recognize our blessings and then for many people – we move on and start thinking about the more mundane aspects of our life.
In Judaism, one day of thanks is not enough. In fact, the Talmud commands us to say 100 blessings (or things to be thankful for) each and every day. Take that in for a second. Can you think of 100 things to be thankful for today? Of course we can all probably rattle off 10 names of loved ones right away, but what else are you thankful for? Add to those 10 some extended relatives, good friends, a roof over our head, nutritious food to eat, a place to sleep, ok maybe we’re at 30? 40?
The point is there is so much in live to be thankful for. We can be thankful for the big things life gives us like children and home, but we should also pay attention and be thankful for the small things in life – an open window that lets us hear the song of a bird. A red stoplight that gives us a moment to smile at the dog panting out the window in the car next to us. The red crayon that our kids have drawn on the wall with – forcing us to appreciate their growth and development (and a good time to teach them how to wash a wall!).
Giving thanks the Jewish way is not just stopping this Thursday to appreciate what is around us. It is stopping each and every day to appreciate the small things, the things that have become mundane, appreciating them and thanking God for all of the blessings we have been bestowed.
Wishing you and yours a very joyful and meaningful Thanksgiving from all of us at Hebrew Free Loan Association of South Florida.