Today I spent much of the day with my assistant, Sara, working on the Fall Holiday Extravaganza program for the opening day of Religious School. As we finished coordinating our “to do” lists, I thought to myself, “I must be completely off my rocker to plan this magnitude of program for the Sunday between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur. Don’t we have enough to deal with between all of the administrative preparations and High Holy Day responsibilities?
Upon further reflection I realized that creating and running this program during the month of Elul not only puts me in the proper frame of mind to approach the High Holy Days – after all, I am spending many hours every day exploring all the various concepts related to the Fall holy days! – but it allows me to create a vehicle for others to do the same.
My simultaneous preparations for the start of Religious School and for the High Holy Days may be crazy challenging, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to share the experience with all of our Religious School families.
The Jewish month of Elul leading up to the High Holy Days provides an opportunity for spiritual preparation. It is a time for cheshbon ha-nefesh – looking inward and reflecting on the past year. The daily sounding of the shofar calls us to examine our words and our actions, and the words of Selichot (prayers of forgiveness) inspire us to seek forgiveness and to forgive others. We look ahead to the new year when we can begin anew, striving to be the best version of ourselves. Each day, I plan to blog on a thought related to this period preparation for the Days of Awe, along with many others in the Jewish blogosphere. For further inspiration, search #blogElul on Twitter or Facebook.
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