Need some Thanksgiving inspiration? Let’s practice gratitude. Thank you, H.B.Berlow, for sharing a beautiful tradition.
After having read “Night” by Elie Wiesel when I was considerably younger, about the time I was practicing for my Bar Mitzvah, I wished to re-read it now as an adult. So much time had passed as to give me a new, more mature perspective of the tale. The edition I bought included an appendix with Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
He references, right from the beginning, a prayer, a benediction. Ashamedly, I was not familiar with it but it has grown in importance since I discovered it and its meaning:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִיעָנוּ לַזְּמַןהַזֶּה.
Transliteration:Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higiyanu laz’man hazeh.
Translation:Blessed are You, Adonai our G-d, Sovereign of all, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this moment.
The simplicity of the words overshadows the magnitude of their greatness…
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