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November 22, 2019

11/22/2019 12:46:07 PM


Rabbi Kozlow

Thanksgiving 2019

Read the full letter online. 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what you have into enough, it turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order and confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home and a stranger into a friend. Be grateful! 

ear Friends,

How wonderful it is, that the season of giving and gratitude is upon us. Thanksgiving is for us Americans, a holiday beyond compare. For despite our vast diversity within the American people, this is the day we all come together, each of us a colorful part of the whole beautiful endeavor of freedom and celebration. And what is it that we all celebrate together? Nothing more than the essential gifts of life, the right to be, each of us, the unique individuals that we are. We come with a million differing backgrounds, cultures and stories and on this day, the day of Thanksgiving, we share with each other our gratitude not only for our own blessings but for the right and privilege of living in a land that insures these rights to all of her citizens.

t was the description of Sukkot in the Torah that inspired the Pilgrims to model a day of gracious celebration that has become Thanksgiving. And it was the simple joys of family, the welcomed responsibility of community care, and the gratitude for blessings of shelter and food that inspired the creation of such a day of thanks.

We are each blessed beyond measure. Even on the worst of days, the sunshine alone becomes a gift of warmth and comfort. Life is so much more that what happens to us that is defined as abundant. Life is every single second that we know we are alive. It is every single breath we breath into our lungs that animates our souls. Life is everything, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, it is not what happens to us in life that determines the value of our lives, it is the gratitude that we greet our minutes that tells the story of a life well lived. 

I am abundantly grateful this year for the blessing of Temple B’rith Shalom and my new path to walk as your Rabbi. I am deeply grateful for every new face I meet, new heart I engage and the new dreams we will weave together. Mostly the dreams are for all of us, that this new chapter of our Temple’s life will be filled with meaning and joy, with the quest for peace and the building of the sacred that our Jewish community calls us to.


Wed, 27 May 2020 4 Sivan 5780