There are times when I think that being Jewish is a little bit on the crazy side. I certainly feel that other people think that when I explain our customs to them. One day we are feasting, a few days later we are fasting. Sometimes we don’t eat bread, sometimes we eat lots of bread. And this week, we will move into a temporary shelter with a roof made out of leaves (called a sukkah) , built in our garden and we will eat every meal and every snack in there for 7 days no matter what the weather is like.
Did I say that we were crazy? Was that me?
The first thing that I have to say is that I am eternally grateful for the fact the I live in Johannesburg where the weather at this time of the year is wonderful for eating outdoors. People in the northern hemisphere often sit in their sukkahs freezing cold and I’m guessing, miserable.
No matter what the religious reasons are for this custom, and there are a lot, one of the primary things that I gain from this festival is appreciation for what I do have.
How many people don’t have a roof over their head and what we sometimes feel we have to endure once a year for only a week, is their daily reality. And those people often don’t even worry about the lack of shelter when they are more concerned about where their next meal is going to come from.
Sometimes we just don’t appreciate how much we have, until we don’t have it.
Anyone who has fasted knows the pain of hunger and hopefully experiences gratitude the minute they are able to start eating again.
This week I would like you to take a few moments to appreciate all that you have. To really focus on your blessings – and even if you feel that you have none, to find those blessings. No matter who you are, what you believe in, how much you have, or don’t have, you are truly blessed!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you, my dearest readers. The positive feedback that I get from you every single week is inspirational. Not only do you keep this blog going, but you keep me going. You teach me new things. Your inspirational stories inspire and fill me with awe.
Each of you is a hero in my eyes and I thank you for being part of my life.
Have a blessed week!