Tag Archive: gratitude

Nov 25 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Gratitude is the foundation of a religious life. To be a religious person means to be a grateful person. The quote in my signature block comes from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, who invites us to consider, “What could you be grateful for now if you were grateful for something?” We can go through life two ways- …

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Apr 07 2014

Ten Strategies for Spiritual Resilience

Beginning this talk by saying thank you is not just an exercise in protocol.  It speaks directly to the theme of this gathering, which is, Spiritual Fitness.  Becoming an appreciative person is a top strategy for spiritual fitness.    1.   Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.  There is a reason that the phrase “count your blessings” …

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Sep 09 2013

Kaddish D’Rabbanan- Honoring Our Teachers

After we study a text, it is customary to say the Kaddish D’Rabbanan- the Rabbi’s or Teacher’s kaddish- probably the least known among the variations on the kaddish prayer.  It is a special favorite because it combines two of Judaism’s highest values- learning and gratitude.  In the Kaddish D’Rabbanan, we offer a prayer on behalf …

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