Yom Shishi, 7 Nisan 5778
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Avinu Malkeinu – renew for us a year of goodness. It’s interesting to me that we don’t ask that God would make a good year for us, but that God would renew one. This implies that the last year was a good one. Making this renewal request each year helps me think about the past year in a positive light. Even if things went wrong and there were struggles and obstacles, even if it was “the worst year ever,” there is benefit in viewing the past year as a good one, pushing oneself to see the many good aspects of a year even when it was challenging. I admire those who, when in times of hardship focus on the positive things in life. This line in Avinu Malkeinu reminds me to pay attention to and focus on the “good stuff.”

-- Abby Gostein, Cantorial Soloist