Appreciation and the Gratitude – The Hakaras Hatov Initiative is a platform for revolutionary change in relationship dynamics.


The Hakaras Hatov Initiative is using a multi-pronged approach to facilitate the shifting of one’s focus towards the good.

Let There Be RainA book of stories, ideas and insights on gratitude, arranged for daily inspiration, has been coauthored by Rabbi’s Shimon Finkelman and Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein. Each an icon in their respective fields, the collaboration generated a sefer that is destined to transform lives for years to come. The book proudly joins the catalogue of the premier international Jewish publishing house, Artscroll-Mesorah. Let There Be Rain is an invaluable resource for character and relationship development.

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Journaling was the brainchild behind the entire Hakaras Hatov Initiative. Rabbi Wallerstein learned a midrash rabba that pointed to Achashverosh’s practice of chronicling daily events. The infamous King of Persia would record who did ‘good by him’ and would assiduously make sure to reward and reciprocate in kind. The impact of this lesson evolved into the majestic creation of a 16 month calendar with diary pages for entries on reflections of daily gratitude. This artistic masterpiece, a Yonah Weinrib commission, is a gift item containing kriyas shema al hamita, the bedtime prayer. The Sefer Hazichronos, The Book of Remembrances is a powerful tool to continuously boost happiness and have long term impacts of gratitude and optimism on the writer and all of his or her relationships.
Let There Be RainIn the information and technology age, a free and user friendly App is likely to be used often. Therefore, The Gratitude Apptitude is in the stages of development. Its purpose is to enable the user to log, share and post an entry on appreciation efficiently. A technology medium for recording and expressing gratitude on impulse will catapult the occasional action into a habit.
Reap the benefits. The Gratitude APPtitude Mobile App
Book of Remembrances
JournalJournal Book

Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, dynamic speaker and educator, has collaborated with renowned Judaica artist and author Rabbi Yonah Weinrib to create Sefer HaZichronos, The Book of Remembrances. Reminiscent of King Achashverosh’s personal journal to record kindnesses that were shown to him, Sefer HaZichronos will be YOUR personal daily diary and journal to chronicle—forever—- your expressions of Hakaras Hatov to those who have extended themselves to you.

Each day you can record your hakaras hatov… to Hashem…to a parents..siblings..teachers..friends..strangers…You will reinforce your appreciation to others, and you can look back at the end of the year, and see how much others have helped you.. and how much YOU have changed because of it. A handsome full color, beautifully designed 7×10 journal, with regal artistic imagery by Rabbi Weinrib, and thoughts about hakaras hatov,will invite you daily to add your messages of thanks. It’s a perfect gift for your spouse, your child…your parent..and yourself ! Recognize the good in others, record it daily, and become a better person for life.

Hakaras Hatov Initiative is in assoication with Ohr Naava  © 2014 Ohr Naava


One thought on “Appreciation and the Gratitude – The Hakaras Hatov Initiative is a platform for revolutionary change in relationship dynamics.

  1. Reblogged this on Midnightrabbi inspires and commented:

    Really think and see that say #thankyou is a way to make the world a better place. Listen Rabbi Moshe Wolfson Teshuvah: 5875 – 5775 The Year Of The Geulah! Please forgive me and your appreciated always for being a true friend, now get off Facebook and show your The friend of ‪#‎Gratitude‬ ‪#‎APPtitude‬ not ‪#‎attitude‬ – email

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