FIREWORKS EXPLODE in celebration of New Year’s Day on January 1, 2018, over the towers of the St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle..
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The count of days foretells the counting of the last few seconds before the “ball” falls and it is 2019. We should seek to turn our blessing of life into a life of action and activity as we dream of what we hope to accomplish in the coming year and all the years to come. As we do all of this to our best ability, we say sheheheyanu, vekiyemanu, vehigianu lazman hazeh, in gratitude for having been preserved until now.A poem struck me recently: “Take the time to enjoy those near you/ Always stay positive, never be blue/ The important things in life are never theirs/ It is the relationships we have and the love they bring.” On the night of my graduation from Henry Grady High School, I participated in a ritual that was in vogue then in 1955 Atlanta. After all the ceremonies, including the singing of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” we all went to the graduation ball, after which came the ritual of staying up all night and watching the dawn break. Most of us, including myself, had never excitedly met the rising sun. Where the strength to keep awake came from I do not know, but I succeeded in staying up along with my classmates.