Thank you G-d for my health and the health of those around me.
Thank you G-d for my wonderful family and the blessing of close friends.
Thank you G-d for never having been in minus.
Thank you G-d for the warm, welcoming community we live in and the swings outside our building.
Thank you G-d for a job that I enjoy going to.
Thank you G-d for my strong belief system.
Thank you G-d for my supportive husband, co-parent, and travel partner.
Thank you G-d for my 2 beautiful little boys whom I’m completely obsessed with.
Thank you G-d for the ability and opportunities to laugh.
Thank you G-d for food, especially chocolate, mac and cheese, and Nachos Deluxe.
Thank you G-d for Israel.
Thank you G-d for good people.
Thank you G-d for beaches and sunsets.
Thank you G-d for good books.

I haven’t yet been invited to a Facebook Gratitude Challenge, but on both a personal and national level, as much as I am grateful for, it’s been a tough year. It’s easy to feel like we run around every day, taking care of errands, without achieving anything great or lasting. As a people, we’ve also been through a lot: anti-Semitism, corruption, and a war, which claimed too many precious lives. Our hearts shattered when we heard of the kidnapping, and eventually the death of our 3 boys, in whose merit we united so beautifully.

Although we were able to defeat (yes, I believe it) Hamas in many ways and foil many of their plans, so many soldiers and children were injured and killed in the process.

G-d, my request for this next year is a little help with the faith. I need to know that it’s going to be okay. I need to remember that You have a forever lasting relationship with the Jewish people and with Israel. I need to know that good will triumph over evil, at least in the long run. I need to remember that we get a fresh start every year, and it’s our obligation to take advantage of that.