To live a life grounded in Hakarat Hatov, gratitude, we must recognize — and act upon — the abundance and scarcity within us and around us.
Over the coming three days, we invite you to express your gratitude for the ways in which your needs are met. While doing so, try to notice the unmet needs of those less fortunate than you, and consider how you might respond to them.
Our activities are inspired by some of the deeper messages of the upcoming festival of Purim. Further, the following three blessings from the traditional daily morning liturgy help frame our gratitude journey:
“Blessed are You, G-d, Sovereign of the universe, Who straightens the bent.”
“Blessed are You, G-d, Sovereign of the universe, Who clothes the naked.”
“Blessed are You, G-d, Sovereign of the universe, Who has provided me with all my needs.”
On Sunday we’ll express gratitude for the abilities and privileges we possess. While doing so we will consider how we can stand up for those who are less fortunate than us.
On Monday we’ll focus on basic human needs: Whose needs are met? Whose aren’t? How do we express gratitude for what we have while taking action for those who are less fortunate?
On Tuesday and in anticipation of Purim, we will explore how, by paying attention to the needs of others, we can build more-joyful communities.