On the next part of your journey, Into a new year Or a new career As you make a new friend Or to your heart you do tend We wish you...
New Year's Day and the traditional resolutions that accompany it invite us to take stock of our lives. Are we living our lives to the fullest? Can we imagine a future in which the commitments we make for ourselves (e.g., healthier habits around eating and exercise) actually come true? What will it take this year to really change?
In the Mohawk language, "Thanksgiving Address" is translated as Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen, meaning "Words Before All Else" or "Words we say before we do anything important." It has been used for thousands of years by the Haudenosaunee (People of the Long House) as a spiritual address to the powers of the Natural World, expressing appreciation for all life forms, bringing the minds of people together as one mind, and aligning gathered minds with Nature.
My father was a quiet man. He was not one to engage in philosophical or political discussions. He did not tell people what to think or how to live.
Had Pop left me and my sister an ethical will, it would have emphasized love of mishpucha (family).
Rabbi Tracy Kaplowitz, Ph.D.