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Be Grateful

Thursday, 8 January, 2015 - 10:46 am

Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, was pompous, arrogant and ungrateful! He is quoted by Ezekiel, when referring to the Nile, saying: "My river is my own, and I made myself". The truth is that Jacob blessed Pharaoh that the Nile should rise as Pharaoh approaches.

We can all relate to this phenomenon.  We say to ourselves that something we accomplished was our own doing, without recognizing the blessings that G-d has bestowed upon our work. The Torah too recognizes the human tendency and therefore cautions us. When you will say to yourself "My strength and the might of my hand that has accumulated this wealth for me”, the Torah, in Deuteronomy directs us with, “But you must remember the Lord your G-d, for it is He that gives you strength to make wealth”.

One of the things we can do to prevent ourselves from being ungrateful is to print out this card and place it next to our beds. Immediately upon waking up, thank G-d for giving us another day to serve Him. The moment called now is called the present. Recognize that life is a gift.

Have a grateful Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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