Elul – Day 27

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Elul – Day 27

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 about taking initiative. I must first show that...

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Elul – Day 21

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 | 0 comments

A BROKEN HEART – How to heal One can not go through the journey of life without making mistakes … sometimes pretty big mistakes! Our lives and those around us break, and even life itself can bend us so far that we don’t know how to straighten up again. I’ve often said, we are broke people living in a broke world…we’re all broke. But there is a remedy for this condition! I’m sure you’ve heard it said, ‘when given lemons in life, make lemonade’. It’s really true my friend, make lemonade! You have two choices when given lemons in...

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Elul – Day 17

Posted by on Sep 5, 2020 | 0 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 offended. And because of that – no matter which...

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Elul – Day 11

Posted by on Aug 30, 2020 | 0 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 toward “my beloved” .  According to this...

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Elul – Day 9

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 | 1 comment

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 next world?  And why does the Torah document...

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