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 31

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 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 20, 2017 in All Posts, Elul | 2 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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Elul – Day 29

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

HOW DO YOU LOVE? In the world we live in today, there are various ways to love something. For instance – just take a few minutes to listen to a conversation between two people and you’ll hear some say they love their dog, or their iphone or their house or whatever… “LOVE” is expressed or shown in so many different ways – in fact there is a ‘way’ for each person. But there really are all kinds of different definitions for ‘love’. Think about the love between an engaged couple, or a...

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Elul – Day 28

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

Elul – Day 28

COMPASSION – WHAT IS IT? Many talk about having or not having compassion…empathy…but when it comes down to the rubber meets the road – what exactly does it mean? How do we show compassion? In the purest sense of the word, compassion is simply stepping out of your own box, removing the boundaries that you have set for yourself to keep your heart intact. You could actually switch out the word compassion…and use the word love. When we can look at another and put aside our feelings, our emotions, our hurts and love...

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Elul – Day 27

Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

COMPASSION – Do you have it? Part of the preparatory work of Elul is to examine how compassionate we are in the things we do, say and act upon. This is the month when the Holy One’s compassion freely flows, even though it flows all the time, this is the month of the living waters that flow freely. But to be refreshed, to be renewed, to be overwhelmed with his compassion we must reach up from where we are in this world into the next to bring it into our lives. The secret of Ani l’dodi, “I am for my beloved” is all...

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Elul – Day 26

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

Elul – Day 26 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will climb to heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and let us hear it so that we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. (Deut. 30:11-14) Are there things in your life that you find too difficult or beyond your reach? Do...

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Elul – Day 25

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in All Posts, Elul | 2 comments

ATTRIBUTES OF COMPASSION Matthew 5:22-26: But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with...

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Half way through Elul

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

Half way through Elul

So how’s it going? Have you been following along each day with us as we go through various thoughts, exercises and plans of action? Have you taken advantage of the uniqueness of this season to bring heaven down to earth? Or are you still sitting on the couch watching the tube? Sigh…….you’re missing out on so much! This season of repentance, teshuvah, is when it is said that the King is in the field. What does that mean to you? To me, it means that while my King is always available, this is the time when He has come...

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Elul – Day 24

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

DO YOU PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS? It is during this season, the season where the King is in the field, that we examine our hearts, our lives, our motives, our agendas and return back to the ways of our King, our Messiah. During this time, the traditional prayers are ones that all ask our Creator, our Father, to forgive us. The three prayers that are customary are called selach lanu, mechal lanu and kapper lanu. The words may seem a bit different, but they all mean the same thing, howbeit with different implications. Not only do they implore us to...

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Elul – Day 23

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

WHOSE SHOULDERS DO YOU STAND ON? This is the final week of the month of Elul, the Hebrew month before the Fall Feast Days of the LORD begin… Can you feel the change of the weather? Can you sense the excitement in the air? I know I can! During this final week it is customary to begin reading the Selichot prayers. These are penitential prayers and poems that lead us further into examining our hearts and seeking forgiveness from those we have wronged, and seeking reconciliation from those who have wronged us. Whether reconciliation and...

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