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The Long Journey of Cultivating Gratitude

Occasionally, Seventy Faces will include in its publication schedule a timeless column that we especially like—or one that is newly relevant—from our archives. In this week before Thanksgiving, we hope you enjoy (or enjoy again) Judith Rosenbaum’s reflection on gratitude in connection with this week’s Torah portion. Parshat Vayetze, Genesis 28:10-32:3 Next week, we will celebrate Thanksgiving – which for many of us is less about gratitude and more about… Read Article →

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The Long Journey of Cultivating Gratitude

This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving, which for many of us is less about gratitude and more about consumption, consumerism and perhaps some family discord. Dedicating time to be grateful is hard. It’s often easier to think about what we don’t have or what’s not going quite right yet than it is to stop, clear out the noise of daily life and give thanks. American culture doesn’t help us much —… Read Article →

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Making the Space to be Present

Since I became a parent, I’ve been reading the Torah through a new lens. I now see in God’s behavior toward the Children of Israel a range of lessons — positive and negative — on parenting. The God of the Hebrew Bible reminds me of a parent who is not yet sure-footed, whose behavior is somewhat erratic — making promises at one moment, testing at another, exploding with rage at… Read Article →