More Wholesome Goodness from Saturday’s Service

We read The Shema at the beginning of morning and evening prayer. Usually, The Shema focuses on gratitude and the beginning of good tidings. The female Rabbi led a discussion on the Shema and asked everyone what they think, feel, and do when they read the Shema.

Most mention they read it first thing in the morning when they wake up and thank God for giving them the gift of another day. Others mentioned gratitude. I raised my hand and I mentioned, “I read it after I do my Happiness Box Project. It’s a personal project I do where I either record gratitude or joys of the day or both. For me, it’s a wonderful ritual of giving thanks.” The Rabbi loved that and she said that sounded really beautiful. It inspired others to talk about how they use it as a form of gratitude as well.

I might try reading The Shema before I write for the Happiness Box and see if it has the same feeling. It made me feel good to be acknowledged and it makes me feel oh so good to be welcomed.

Oh, some good news! I got this! I feel comfortable with my reading. It’s only a line. I just did a transliteration (yes, I will be reading the Latin words so I can read the Hebrew… I’m still new and I need it, I think it’s understandable to others) and Hebrew is really not that radically different from Arabic. The sounds are similar, so I got this! I got this! I got this! I got this. I’m both excited and nervous.

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “More Wholesome Goodness from Saturday’s Service”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Your excitement and enthusiasm are contagious, dear friend, a contagion much more pleasant to think about than the current virus plague. Thanks for sharing that the female Rabbi leads discussion of the Shema and the value of its reading to you and others attending the service. Clearly you inspired the Rabbi and others by telling them about your Happiness Box Project. I’m sure some of them will adopt the idea and thereby enrich their own lives.

    I am thrilled that you are enjoying the challenge of translating and memorizing the Hebrew script. Now I’m all verklempt.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday, dear friend JM!


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