Concurrent with this has been my engagement in preparing a work on the Sabbath as a day of gratefulness, dedicated to our Rebbe, Abraham Joshua Heschel. In addition, I have been exploring ways by which to understand the Jewish festivals as occasions of sacred gratitude and have completed "A Gratefulness Guide to the Jewish Festivals".
These works include much color, illustration and images so as to enhance our sense of gratitude in considering the meaning of these sacred times in our lives.
Finally, I am convinced that the essence of prayer is praise and the expression of gratefulness and from this premise I am working on a prayer book, a siddur, which I title-the Modeh Ani Siddur-modeh ani," I thank," being the first words pronounced by the Jew upon awakening.
My ultimate objective is to create a small Jewish gratefulness library consisting of 5 volumes:
1.I Thank, therefore, I Am-Gateways to Gratefulness
2.Dayenu-The Gratefulness Haggadah
3.Sabbath-A Day of Gratefulness
4.A Gratefulness Guide to the Jewish Festivals
5. Siddur Modeh Ani-The Gratefulness Prayer Book.
Meanwhile, my heart is filled with gratefulness for the opportunity to devote my time and energy to what I consider this holy task.
With much gratitude to you who share in my spiritual path.