MM #13 – Grateful For The Partial – Rabbi Irwin Kula

Rabbi Irwin Kula, author, journalist, radio host and co-President of the National Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership (CLAL), reminds us to count our blessings, rather than focus on what we lack.

Mincha Moment (MIN-chuh, with the “ch” like in “Bach” or “loch”)… Taking Time to Be Grateful refers to a moment in the afternoon — 2:30 pm is what we’ve been using — when you stop whatever you’re doing, look around and acknowledge to yourself, how truly grateful you are. If 2:30 pm doesn’t work for you, no problem. Choose another time, but stick to it. Better yet, keep 2:30 pm and pick an additional moment as well. Unlike specials in the supermarket, decongestants or hot fudge sundaes, there’s no limit to how many mincha moments you can have in a day. But whatever time you decide, when it arrives, stop what you’re doing. Take in everything around you, and recognize how much gratitude you have. It sounds easy, especially if you’re on vacation. Not too difficult to be grateful for spectacular scenery, amazing food, and daily massages. On the other hand, if instead of vacation, you’re in a boring meeting at work or waiting two hours at the DMV, you might find it quite a bit harder. Yet if you take a minute, you’ll find there’s a lot you’re thankful for. Maybe it’s some of your colleagues at the office, who make working on assignments interesting and help to get your creative juices flowing. Maybe it’s your strong legs that allow you to stand online. Or maybe, when all is said and done, life is just pretty damn good–especially if you have a fresh pound of chocolate malted milk balls in the drawer.

Debra Gonsher Vinik and David Vinik are partners in Diva Communications, Inc, a video programming and production company in NYC. Through an interfaith kaleidoscope, they create, write, film and edit documentaries on social justice issues.

Years ago, Debra and David set their watches (now it is their cell phones) to go off every day at 2:30 pm. In addition to giving them an opportunity to reflect on all they have, Debra and David love knowing that at 2:30 pm, wherever they are, they are united, no matter the distance, in joint reflection.

6   Comments

  1. […] This video comes from Mincha Moment a place to find beautiful soothing videos that only take moments to watch and to learn about taking time, 2.30pm to be precise to […]

  2. Such amazing communication skills Rabbi Kula! Your friends must be so grateful!

  3. So true, so AWESOME!!!

  4. Gratitude *is* a choice. It is a discipline–it does not come naturally. Boy(!) do I know this! Slowing down is key…or we will miss the opportunity to count the blessings!

  5. I’m sitting and smiling after watching this film. How wonderfully beautiful and affirming. And what a great reminder. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Bravo, Bravo — wonderful concept and sooooo important — lovely images, narrative. One of your best! Love, Judith and Josef

    • Dear Irwin, I am grateful to you and your lifelong partner Dana for bringing to my Sabbath table the practice of starting our Friday night dinner by sharing one reason we are grateful. The blessing of gratitude multiplies when it is articulated out loud to a community of friends and family. We can’t change the world every day — even if it needs to be changed and even if we urgently want to change it – but we can change how we experience our effort to move towards transformation. And the embrace of practices like these will help accelerate our journey. Thank you for teaching your torah and thank you to you and Dana for practicing it with us. Love, Shifra

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