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 20

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

THE GATE OF TEARS Judaism teaches that a soul is never damaged. The body perhaps, the psyche perhaps, but the inner core of goodness that is the soul – never. The essence always remains intact. Although that is true, the damage that we do in our physical lives can create a ruin so big, so high, and so wide that it completely obscures the pure essence underneath. And yet, Moses taught us that there is never a ruin so big that it can’t be rebuilt; there is nothing that breaks that can’t be mended. After the sin of the Golden...

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Elul – Day 19

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

THE MEANING OF TESHUVAH What exactly does the word teshuvah mean? Well, we’ve come to understand that it means repentance. But the real understanding is actually the opposite of what we think. What??? you say. Well, repentance, usually implies that we need to turn around, to get on the right path and off the wrong one. However, the Hebrew word teshuvah literally means to return. And one can not return to something that they have never had a relationship with…or an encounter with. Now, that is not to say that we should not repent,...

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Elul – Day 18

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

Since Elul is compared to the month of REPAIR, let’s look at some ways to actually do that. First a little history lesson on one of the most famous Jewish sages ever born. His name was Maimonides. Maimonides was born as Moshe ben Maimon or in Hebrew – רמב״ם‎‎ – and then acronymed RAMBAM for “Rabbeinu Moshe Ben Maimon”, “Our Rabbi/Teacher Moses Son of Maimon”). He became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages. Born in Cordova, Almoravid Empire (present-day...

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Elul – Day 17

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in All Posts, Elul | 2 comments

WHO ARE YOU? As you spend this set apart time, this month of Elul (6th month of the Hebrew calendar), examining the patterns of your life that you have woven for yourself, always remember that the Holy One (God) always radiates compassion. His arms are always wide open when you turn away (teshuvah) from those shortcoming and seek refuge in His Light. Let’s look at just one shortcoming that we, as human beings, all seem to walk in at some point each and every day. Offense. Yep….I said it outloud. You either offend, or you are...

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Elul – Day 16

Posted by on Aug 26, 2018 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

FACING YOURSELF The Baal Shem Tov taught that everything we see, whether good or bad, is really a reflection of ourselves. If it was not, we’d simply not see it. This phenomenon is part of a merciful way that G-d has of teaching us lessons in life. Most of us have a difficult time hearing from others that we have a flaw which we ourselves don’t recognize. Therefore, G-d sets us up to have a confrontation with a person who exhibits that same flaw in some form. We see it and we say “how terrible.” But then it dawns on us...

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Elul – Day 15

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 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 Aug 24, 2018 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 Aug 23, 2018 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 Aug 22, 2018 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 Aug 21, 2018 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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