Okay, Fine, I’m Grateful!

Rabbi Shira Gluck discusses gratitude and the importance of making it a conscious practice. She reminds us how our sacred texts encourage us to be grateful, and explains that “Gratitude connects us to each other. It can connect us to that which is beyond our imagination. It connects us to the Divine. This is the essence of our prayers: they shed light on the things we may take for granted.”


The Wisdom of the Jewish Calendar

In her first sermon at Stephen Wise, Rabbi Shira Gluck reflects on the deep wisdom and philosophical truths wrapped up in the Jewish calendar. “A well thought-out calendar does much more than help us organize our tasks — it can reveal our priorities and our values,” she says, encouraging us to “be present in​ this moment and attuned to what is happening in the world around us” so that we can fully experience the weeks of solemnity and mourning culminating in next week’s observance of Tisha b’Av.