Month of Elul

Each year as summer fades into fall, Jewish tradition invites us to turn inward. The month of Elul precedes the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We dedicate this time to preparing ourselves for the holidays so that we can experience them as fully as possible. During Elul we are asked to look into ourselves. We think about who we are and who we want to be. Whose forgiveness do we need in order for us to enter a new year with a clean slate? Judaism offers help for this period of introspection in several ways: The shofar sounds daily, awakening us from complacency; later in the month, prayers of repentance—selikhot—are added to the daily liturgy. Perhaps most important, during Elul, we can support each other through the process of requesting and offering forgiveness with full and open hearts. 

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“The Mystery shines light and strength on my life”
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“My dear, there are no keys to the palace”
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“May the seeds of this year / Be planted”
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“may reflection, introspection and soul-searching / help us discover our sacred purpose”
Return

“As I arrive to this threshold, I am prepared to let go”

Tashlikh for the Shmitah Year

Series of questions for contemplation during the month of Elul

Elul Guided Meditation

“What a time! / What a parashah!”

Ki Teitzei

“There are no kings / I trust, only ruakh”

Modah Ani for the New Year

“I sweep away flaked remnants of hope”

 
Salakh

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