Elul is the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar and it is the time when we begin preparing for the High Holidays. There is a tradition
of sounding the Shofar every day (except Shabbat), calling us to
return to our true selves. This is
the work of teshuvah-return.
We begin the process of clearing
away our expectations about
what we could have or should
have done, and reveal the
reality of our lives.
These reflections and questions
are tools for inspiring us in our
process of teshuvah. Reflect
pon what resonates for you
and feel free to engage online
or in person. Reach out to
other members of our
community for conversation
and connection as we prepare
our souls and our hearts for
this coming New Year.
22 of Elul
“I am of the opinion that our lives
belong to the community and that
as long as we shall live, it is our
privilege to do whatever we can.
I want to be thoroughly used up
when I die, for the harder I work,
the more I live. Life is no brief
candle to me but a splendid
torch that I have hold of for one
moment in time, and I want to
make it burn as brightly as
possible before handing it on
to future generations.”
When we contribute our time
and resources to help others,
we create meaning in our lives.
Working together with others
towards the common good
builds hope and faith that
we can make a difference.
On this 22nd day of Elul,
here is the question: what
more can I do to improve