I got an email this morning from someone I recently met who is a leader in education- policy in Israel. This being the Jewish New Year, I wasn’t surprised that he signed his note with a Shana Tova, that’s short for the Hebrew, L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu, which translates to May you be Inscribed in The Book of Life. It’s a common greeting around this time of year among Jews , typically followed by, “wishing you a year of health and happiness.” But in his closing, he tweaked the typical well-wishes. Before he signed his name, he wrote:
“Best Wishes for a Shana Tova, a year of health, happiness, challenge and fulfillment.
Challenge? I was so used to health and happiness, a phrase that made me imagine a year of living in a sort of La-La land, merrily rolling along. Challenge struck me as a strange thing to wish for someone. But think about it. What kind of year do we really want?
We want happiness, of course. Health, of course. But a year without challenges would be dull and dreary. So for all of you who reading this blog, (regardless of whether you celebrate the Jewish New Year), I wish a year of health, happiness and challenges. And, with that should come fulfillment.