As 2022 comes to an end, we reflect on all we have endured, overcome, celebrated, mourned and gained over the past twelve months.  Individually and as a community. As I’ve said before, it’s been a full year with much to process.  


I would like you to take a moment to read the following quote, sit with it, and decide what it means to you.


“Approach the New Year with the resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.” 

—Michael Josephson, Founder of the Joseph & Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics and CHARACTER COUNTS!.


Every single day is a gift and a privilege, not to be taken for granted.  So here is my unsolicited list of suggestions and thoughts, based on life experience, self-help books, Instagram memes and personal intuition, on how to find the hidden opportunities, in each new day.


Call your parents every day, simply to check in.  Tell your children you love them. Make sure your children know your are proud of them and encourage them to be proud of themselves for all their small and large achievements.  Touch your aging loved ones, often.  Do the hard things first.  Smile and laugh.  Offer to help and actually follow through.  Donate your time, talent and treasure—as much as you can. Come to “family” Shabbat even if you don’t have children (because it’s highly entertaining).  Take deep cleansing breaths—everyone has forgotten how to breathe.  Remember the importance of sleep and exercise.  Meditate and pray.  Find gratitude.  Let anger go; it only affects you.  Surround yourself with friends, family and people who build you up.  Wash your hands.


Wishing you all a Happy Chanukkah, Hanukkah, Chanukah (take your pick)and a delightful, healthy and safe new year.  Be well and thank you for being part of our Temple B’nai Jeshurun family.


Love, light and latkes,


Dana Dickson