Attitude of Gratitude

by Seth Schafler, WJC President

This is the time of year when we are supposed to look inside, assess our deficiencies, seek forgiveness for the sins we have committed against one another and God, and dedicate ourselves to do better.

In short, to do teshuvah.

But I find myself in a little different frame of mind this year.

Just a few weeks ago, Robin and I welcomed our first grandchild, Gideon Lester Eisenbruch, into this world and into our lives. And the overwhelming feeling I have is one of gratitude.

So let me share with you, my WJC family, some of the many things I am grateful for.

I am grateful for the gift of new life; for the cry of this newborn child who has not yet learned to smile, whose whole life lies before him.

I am grateful for the gift of closeness of three generations living together in our cozy Larchmont home, sharing the chores and joys of everyday.

I am grateful for my beautiful wife, for the life we have built together, and for the love we have for one another.

I am grateful for our wonderful daughters, for the opportunity to be part of their lives and to see them flourish and grow.

I am grateful for my parents, and for the rich Jewish heritage they handed down to me and my siblings.

And I am grateful for this warm and caring WJC community that steps up to every challenge, has enriched my life immeasurably and given me the opportunity to serve.

May we all be blessed with good health and many things to be grateful for in the coming year.

Shana Tova Umetukah.

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