Saturday, January 1, 2011
Having New Year's Eve fall on shabbat seemed like a blessed start of 2011. While it was the 3rd year in a row spent with the same group of friends, it was much more relaxed and satiating. It allowed me to be surrounded by community, relaxation, prayer, and a lot of laughter. I gathered together with old friends for lovely shabbos meals, had a full night of sleep, received an alliyah in shul, played with a very cute child, and was reminded that I still very much have a home in the Northeast. I am hoping that these themes continue to carry out in the year to come. May we all be blessed with a year full of good conversations, reminders that we are loved, soothing laughter, fulfilling learning (& torah), places to call home, satisfaction with our current lot, and maybe even a few pleasant surprises.