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gratitude
middot gratitude

middahLet life’s bounty cause you to whisper thanks with each breath.

Gratitude is about expressing thanks and appreciation for all that happens and is given in life: planned or unplanned. Gratitude out of whack can manifest itself in two ways. Either we placate or puff up unnecessarily those who have given to us, or we fail to demonstrate gratefulness in any capacity. Gratitude in check is when we respond appropriately with thanks for the gifts and benefits we receive and do so in the proper capacity.

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Suggested exercises:

  • Think of some positive aspects of your life today and express your gratitude and appreciation.
  • Send a card to someone you know and express your gratitude and appreciation.
  • Express your gratitude to a stranger who is serving you in some capacity today.
  • After every meal this week, say a prayer of gratitude. This can either be a traditional blessing from the siddur or perhaps a heartfelt spontaneous prayer.

featured articles


I’d hate to cite one of our patriarchs as a bad example, but at first glance our father Yaakov doesn’t seem to express gratitude when Yosef presents him to Pharaoh. The king ask...
by rabbi russ resnik in torah
One of the biggest surprises in the narrative of Genesis comes during Yaakov’s reunion with Esau when he returns to the land of Canaan. When Esau comes to meet his brother with...
by rabbi russ resnik in torah
I’m basing my practice of mussar on the Shema for the next cycle or two. I’m inspired to do this just from learning the Shema more deeply the past few months, and also by some r...
by rabbi russ resnik in torah
On his way to Yerushalayim he was passing between Shomron and the Galil.  As he came to a certain village, ten metzora'im came to greet him. They stood at a distance.  The...
by rebbetzin malkah in besorah
And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land He has given you. --Devarim 8:10, NASB ...
by rebbetzin malkah in mesorah
“Thank you for being here today,” my mom would say to every cashier, bagger, customer service worker, etc. for as many years as I can remember. She would often get varying respo...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in daily living
Rabbi Salanter once noticed that a fancy restaurant was charging a huge price for a cup of coffee. He approached the owner and asked why the coffee was so expensive. After all, som...
by rebbetzin malkah in stories
The Hebrew word for gratitude is hikarat hatov. Hikarat hatov literally means "recognizing the good." When we look around at our circumstances and our blessings and seek reason...
by rebbetzin malkah in meditation

 

accounting


Use these questions to evaluate your day: What were the seeds that started to erode your gratitude today? Did you take time to express gratitude to those around you for who they...

quotes


"The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad." -- Tehillim 118:24 "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lig...

 

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daily living


In our society, we have institutionalized the practice of gratitude. People say "thank you" without thinking, and without any genuine sense of thanks.  It's become a meaningles...
“Thank you for being here today,” my mom would say to every cashier, bagger, customer service worker, etc. for as many years as I can remember. She would often get varying respo...

torah


I’d hate to cite one of our patriarchs as a bad example, but at first glance our father Yaakov doesn’t seem to express gratitude when Yosef presents him to Pharaoh. The king ask...
One of the biggest surprises in the narrative of Genesis comes during Yaakov’s reunion with Esau when he returns to the land of Canaan. When Esau comes to meet his brother with...
I’m basing my practice of mussar on the Shema for the next cycle or two. I’m inspired to do this just from learning the Shema more deeply the past few months, and also by some r...

besorah


Gratitude usually comes easily when receiving a gift (assuming it’s a gift we want). When a friend shows kindness towards me, it is very easy to be consciously grateful for...
On his way to Yerushalayim he was passing between Shomron and the Galil.  As he came to a certain village, ten metzora'im came to greet him. They stood at a distance.  The...

mesorah


Since I’m working on the middah of gratitude this week, I want to focus on the morning blessings, Birkot ha-shachar, in my daily prayers. These blessings all start with the founda...
And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land He has given you. --Devarim 8:10, NASB ...

meditation


The Hebrew word for gratitude is hikarat hatov. Hikarat hatov literally means "recognizing the good." When we look around at our circumstances and our blessings and seek reason...

stories


Rabbi Salanter once noticed that a fancy restaurant was charging a huge price for a cup of coffee. He approached the owner and asked why the coffee was so expensive. After all, som...

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