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

 

Elul – Day 15

Posted by on Sep 14, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 2 comments

TAKE IT OFF! OK got your attention! Today we must ‘face’ ourselves. How do we do that and what does that exactly mean? Well, think about it – each of us wear different faces, depending on the circumstance or the situation we find ourselves in. It is, for lack of a better word, survival. It is how we get through the day. Sigh. The Hebrew word for face is panim and it comes from the same root as pnim which means ‘interior’.  Interior. The inside – of you and of me. As with any Hebrew word, the Holy One named...

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Elul – Day 14

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

HOLINESS – ON YOUR SLEEVE? What exactly is holiness? Have you ever wondered about the meaning of holiness or have you just given it a head not? Let’s delve a bit deeper into what holiness might look like. First of all, if we are made in the image of God, and He is certainly holy, than surely some of that holiness must be somewhere within us! Wouldn’t you agree? Now, I know…..some of you may be saying…well I certainly don’t see any holiness in so and so. That might be true, you might not be able to see any...

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Elul – Day 13

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 3 comments

HOW CAN WE RELATE TO SOMEONE WE CAN’T SEE? Good question – don’t you think? How are we able to actually develop a relationship with a Being that is unknowable…and unseeable? Mmmm….like I said, good question. And yet…I bet everyone reading this actually feels like they KNOW God…or have TOUCHED Him in some way … or flip it – that HE knows YOU and knows you’re every thought – and HAS touched you in some way. Interesting isn’t it? Why do you think that is? Well, one reason...

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Elul – Day 12

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

WHAT IS YOUR DESTINATION? So, we’ve been talking about letting go, mentors, being pushed. Why is that? Well, we need to take stock of ourselves-especially during this season. Why this season? Because we are fast approaching a time when Messiah JUST MAY COME – and we want to be ready! We want to present ourselves as a spotless bride don’t we? I know I do. So, this is why we are examining ourselves. However, just being pushed, or nudged or guided by our mentor (if you have found one), just isn’t enough. Our destination...

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Elul – Day 11

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 3 comments

Sometimes you just have to let go! During Elul we have to look in the mirror and face ourselves. Sometimes it requires us to ‘let go’ of various things. It may be old habits, situations – anything that becomes toxic in your life. From the “Song of Songs” we get the name—Ani l’dodi, v’dodi li  – “I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me”.  What can we learn from this poignant phrase? Well, again we see that the initiative begins with the self—”I am.” The self turns...

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Elul – Day 10

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

Elul Day 10 TO CONSOLE AND TO BE CONSOLED This first week of Elul is the fourth week in the Seven Weeks of Consolation, which began immediately following the destruction of Tisha B’Av. The Holy One comforts and consoles us while we work on rebuilding our relationship with Him during Elul (as Moses did on Mt. Sinai), thereby showing us that a relationship with Him is a two-way street. The Midrash explains the progression of these seven weeks as a dialogue between us and G-d (which reflects our introspection in the month of Elul): Week...

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Elul – Day 9

Posted by on Sep 8, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 3 comments

Elul – Day 9

Elul Day 9 SEEING G-D Perhaps the most dramatic experience that happens atop Mt. Sinai is when Moses asks to meet G-d face to face: “I beg you, show me your glory.” (Exodus 33:18). G-d responds, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live… I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by, and I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back…” This exchange is puzzling. How could Moses not have known that one can only come face-to-face with G-d in the...

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Elul – Day 8

Posted by on Sep 7, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 2 comments

Elul 8 Are you able to step out? We’ve talked about our Elohim being ‘in the field’, being right there where you live, right there, accessible to anyone that chooses to accept the invitation. However, many will simply turn around and go the other way, many will not even look up. Are you one of those? In the beginning, God gave us the power, the ability to love each other through what He did around us. When He split Adam into male and female, we were given the opportunity to ‘return’ to each other and learn  how...

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Elul – Day 7

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 2 comments

Elul  Day 7 THE KING IS IN THE FIELD In the month of Elul (our August/September) it is said in traditioin that the King, God himself, comes down from his throne and walks in the field waiting for us to come out to meet him. This is the season that He is very close by, so gaze out the window of your soul and run to the one that loves you more than anyone ever could! During this season of Elul … this 30 days of introspection we can sometimes realize that we are not who we say we are, or maybe we are and we don’t like that part of...

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Elul – Day 6

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in All Posts, Elul | 2 comments

Elul – Day 6 Today we have completed one full week since the beginning of the Hebrew month Elul. Are you still with us? Please don’t neglect it, please don’t give up! This morning we are going to look at the ‘idols in our life’ … do you have any? Don’t think so, eh? Well, let’s look at a few examples of where they might claim a position in your life. Let’s look at what an ‘idol’ really means noun: idol; plural noun: idols 1. An image or representation of a god used as an object...

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