“This year, the first day of Chanukah coincided with American Thanksgiving, the day many of us here in the United States got together to celebrate and express gratitude for our friends, family, and blessings. The last time these two dates coincided was in 1888, and the next will not be for another 79,043 years! Traditionally, Thanksgiving is about appreciation and Chanukah is about miracles, two concepts that actually go together quite well. After all, how many of us appreciate that every day that we wake up is a miracle? We donâ€™t have to wake up; there are a lot of people that donâ€™t. We donâ€™t see things that way, though. Indeed, in our mind, it is normal, not a miracle, for us to wake up. But I remember how a great person once said to me, â€œI wish that everyone in the world would get sick for one day in their life.â€ Why? Because that is the way a person comes to appreciate health.
We, as human beings, live in a space called â€œthe desire to receive.â€ We live in a place that says, â€œAs long as I am getting something, then everything is OK.â€ So all too often, we take the commonplace thingsâ€”like waking upâ€”for granted.
This week, we have a chance to see things in a different light, so letâ€™s all take this opportunity to appreciate the miracles, large and small, in our lives and in the lives of those around us.”
This incredible message was emailed to me yesterday by Karen Berg, Spiritual Director of the Kabbalah Centre.Â Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. – Michele Bedigian
Watercolor titled: Voyage to America
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