The month of Elul (and the following month Tishrei) is a wonderful time period to prepare for the coming Fall Feast Days – after all, the Feast of Yom Teruah – the ‘Blowing of the Shofar’ is when we will hear the ‘last trump’ and the Messiah will return!meleah blowing shofar

Here are excerpts to get you started:

Gearing up for Elul

Time of Consolation

 

Are you ready for Yom Kippur?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in All Posts, Days of Awe, Elul, Feast Days, Resources, Yom Kippur | 1 comment

Are you ready for Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Are you ready? If you are asking “ready for what?” than let me explain. The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year for all of Judaism and is one of the Feast Days of the LORD listed in Leviticus 23. Read that last part again, one of the FEAST DAYS OF THE LORD. Yes, that’s right the Holy One Himself, (no matter what you call him – Yahovah, Yahweh, God) designed this day as one of HIS feast days and commanded all those that followed Him to honor them for eternity. Well, that...

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Elul – Day 39

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in All Posts, Days of Awe, Elul | 0 comments

remember, this is from Orthodoxy….allow the Ruach haKodesh to sift through the words, and speak to your heart… Tishrei 9, Erev Yom Kippur TO BE LIKE ANGELS Tonight we will begin a 25-hour fast of Yom Kippur.  We don’t do this in order to afflict ourselves, which is the purpose of the fast of Tisha B’Av when we mourn the destruction of the Temple—indeed Yom Kippur is not a day of mourning but a day of joy. We fast on Yom Kippur because on this day we want to transcend our physical limitations and be like angels, and...

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Elul – Day 37

Posted by on Sep 16, 2018 in All Posts, Days of Awe, Elul | 0 comments

Tishrei 7 THE CYCLE OF FORGIVENESS Yom Kippur, which is only three days away, is called the “Day of Forgiveness” because this is the day when Moses, after pleading with G-d for 80 days to forgive the Israelites for the Sin of the Golden Calf, finally succeeded.  On this day, G-d finally said to him: “I will forgive as you have asked.” On Yom Kippur we seek to connect to the energy of this awesome day and win forgiveness for ourselves as well.  But we can hardly expect to be forgiven by G-d if we ourselves have not been...

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Elul – Day 36

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in All Posts, Days of Awe, Elul | 0 comments

APPROACHING THE SOURCE We have now reached the midpoint of the Ten Days of Teshuvah. This is the period, say the sages of the Talmud, of which the Prophet Isaiah (55:6) speaks when he proclaims: “Seek G-d when He is to be found; call on Him when He is near.” This might seem like an odd statement because we are taught that G-d is omnipresent at all times and all places in the world. How could we say that now He is closer to us? But Isaiah is not speaking from G-d’s perspective but from the soul’s perspective. Chassidic...

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Elul Day 35

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in All Posts, Days of Awe, Elul | 0 comments

Tishrei 5 THE PERSONAL HOLY OF HOLIES Before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the pinnacle of the Yom Kippur service was the moment when the High Priest (the Kohen Gadol) would enter the Holy of Holies. This was the only time of the year that anyone could enter this holiest of inner sanctums and only the High Priest was permitted to do so and only for a short duration. It was such an intense moment that if the High Priest was not completely pure—if he had committed even one transgression for which had had not previously atoned—he...

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Elul – Day 34

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

RETURNING TO PURE ESSENCE In our earlier exploration of the meaning of teshuvah (see Elul 18), we defined teshuvah as having two levels—repentance and return: Repentance means regretting a wrongful action, resolving not to repeat it, asking forgiveness, making amends. Return means coming back to one’s soul, one’s Divine essence, to one’s source in G-d. The first level—which is what we should have been working on during the month of Elul—is only the means to achieve the second, which is our focus now, during the Ten Days of...

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Elul Day 33

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in All Posts, Days of Awe, Elul | 0 comments

REBUILDING THE KINGDOM Today begins the countdown to Yom Kippur.  Today is the third day of the Ten Days of Teshuvah, which will culminate on this most awesome of days. This is possibly the most intense time in the Hebrew calendar when each individual is granted the power of a group of ten. We are vested with this power because in these ten days, having crowned G-d as our King, we now undertake the task of rebuilding His kingdom—both in the spiritual realm “above” and in our world “below”—known in the language of...

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Elul – Day 32

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

Tishrei 2, Second Day of Rosh Hashana   THE DAY OF CORONATION   The idea of Rosh Hashana as the day when we “coronate” G-d as the King of the Universe, may be one of the strangest and hardest to accept for those of us raised in modern, democratic societies. To us kings are corrupt despots at worst, and characters out of fairy tales at best. Yet this idea is essential to the observance of Rosh Hashana, because in the language of Judaism a king is a metaphor for absolute authority. On Rosh Hashana we accept upon ourselves G-d as the...

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Elul – Day 31

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in All Posts, Days of Awe, Elul | 0 comments

Tishrei 2, Second Day of Rosh Hashana   THE DAY OF CORONATION   The idea of Rosh Hashana as the day when we “coronate” G-d as the King of the Universe, may be one of the strangest and hardest to accept for those of us raised in modern, democratic societies. To us kings are corrupt despots at worst, and characters out of fairy tales at best. Yet this idea is essential to the observance of Rosh Hashana, because in the language of Judaism a king is a metaphor for absolute authority. On Rosh Hashana we accept upon ourselves G-d as the...

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Elul – Day 30

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

THE KING IS ON THE THRONE! The King of Kings has approached his throne and is about to take his seat.  The time of Elul, of preparation, has come to an end. We no longer can run out to the field and walk casually to and fro among the daises and wildflowers with our Father. We must now approach the throne room and be admitted in, bowing and bending as we go. Will we have the scepter raised as it was raised for Esther? Are we ready to don the white garments of a bride? The ledgers lay on the table close to the throne…it is almost time for...

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