This Rosh Hashanah, I'm Extra Thankful for My Friends and Allies

Several years ago, my father, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, and I were in Chicago for important year-end meetings. After a long, cold day, I was looking forward to being home and warm. But when I looked outside, it was snowing. I was not happy.

My father, however, smiled. “If we have to go out in the snow anyway,” he said, “we may as well make the best of it!” And that’s exactly what we did. We laughed and played in the snow like children.

My father passed away in 2019, and the snow that I had resented on that cold day in Chicago is now a cherished memory. My father’s guidance to see the good in every situation and choose a positive reaction to any circumstance changed what could have been a negative experience into one of wonder and magic.

As we begin the Jewish New Year, I am taking this attitude with me.

It may seem difficult to find goodness in today’s world. One source reported that a full 90 percent of news stories are negative, and almost a third of us check those headlines every hour.

At the top of the news is almost always a story

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