Gratitude: 2021 Edition

Friday, 26 November, 2021 - 1:08 pm

As Jews we are constantly expressing our gratitude to Hashem. We say thank you three times a day in prayer, each time we eat, drink or benefit from Hashem’s creation, and any other opportunity we might have. Since Thanksgiving has been formalized by our society as a time for expressing gratitude to Hashem, it is a nice thing to do in connection with this season as well.

Malkie and I celebrated the recent birth and bris of our son, Shneur Zalman.

We are grateful for a healthy baby and healthy mother.

We are grateful for a smooth birthing process.

We are grateful for a devoted medical team, who made the experience so pleasant. (Join me in supporting our NOLA healthcare workers by participating in the Torah scroll in their honor –

We are grateful for the nurse who shared with us that she has been involved in delivering 50,000 babies into this world.

We are grateful for the nurse who came dancing into our room calling out Mazel Tov – Baruch Hashem. She shared with us that she had done a stint up in New Jersey during one of the COVID surges and she got a heavy dose of delivering Jewish babies, while dealing with Jewish bubbies.

We are grateful for our doctor and her incredible supportiveness of our large family lifestyle.

We are grateful for our loving family and their support before, during, and since Shneur’s birth.

We are grateful for the embrace of our NOLA community as we celebrate this simcha.

We are grateful for the privilege to name our son, Shneur Zalman, after the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi. He has been one of the figures in Jewish history by which I have been fascinated. His towering impact on my life and the life of anyone that has been touched by Chabad over the last 250 years, is hard to quantify. His revolutionary doctrines have transformed the way we have approached Judaism in a most powerful manner. To know that our child has the honor of bearing his name is very meaningful to us.

Chanukah begins this Sunday night. Our sages frame Chanukah as a time for praise and thanksgiving. Couldn’t have come at a better time!! I hope to see you at Chanukah @ Riverwalk Sunday night and any of the other Chanukah programs coming up over the next week or so.

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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