“for want of appreciation”


“As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines.  Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind.  We will not perish for want of information, but only for want of appreciation.”

— Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Next week is Yom Kippur, the day on which Jewish tradition teaches G-d seals The Book that tells who, during the next year, will live or die.  Rabbi Heschel’s quote reminds us that there are more forms of death than just the physical.  Our souls can experience a death of sorts, if we wander through our daily existence without appreciating any of the wonders and miracles that unfold around and within us.

On this, the first Shabbat of 5775, may each of us find a moment or two to look at our world with renewed wonder, and may we take that wonder with us throughout this year so that we might truly live, not just physically, but spiritually as well.

Shanah tovah and Shabbat shalom!



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