Shabbat Message: Count Your Blessings

By Sandy Berenbaum
Consulting Services Chair, Services to Sisterhood Team Lead, WLCJ

“Always keep your head up, because if it’s down you won’t be able to see the blessings that have been placed in your life.” – Anonymous

Yom Kippur is a time of refection and introspection, a time for forgiveness and repentance.  It is also a time to look to the past and be thankful for the blessings that have been given to us.

Years ago, Women’s League produced a publication titled Count Your Blessings, which contained a collection of blessings, which we recite daily and on festivals, holidays, and the special occasions in our lives. Remembering this publication gave me an opportunity to contemplate all the blessings in my life.

I am blessed to have the love and support of my husband Dave, my children Edie and Alan, Danny and Hilary, and my grandchildren Julia, Sam, Jenna, Adin, and Ryan.

I am blessed to have wonderful family and friends.

I am blessed to have a roof over my head, food to eat, and clothing to wear.

I am blessed and grateful to the mentors and teachers, who have enriched my life with knowledge.

I am blessed to know so many of you, who have become my friends.

“To those I have wronged, I ask forgiveness,

To those I have helped, I wish I did more.

To those I have neglected, I ask for understanding.

To those who have helped me, I sincerely thank you.”

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May this New Year be filled with many blessings for you and all you love. On Rosh Hashanah, it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a good year.

Wishing you a sweet, healthy, and prosperous New Year and an easy fast.

G’mar Hatimah Tova,
Sandy Berenbaum

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