Musings on Jewish Education and Jewish Living

#blogElul – 8 Believe

I almost always have a song in my head.  Someone says a word or a phrase and a melody or a lyric (or both) pops into my head.  I looked at today’s #blogElul topic and this is what popped into my head:

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be     (Whitney Houston)

If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it
I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly…
Hey, cause I believe in me, oh     (R Kelly)

But I believe
There’s someone who’s looking after me
Someone beside me night and day
To light the way
It’s hard to conceive
Something you can’t see
But I believe
I believe     (George Strait)

And finally, while not a song, these words shared by my daughter, Missy Goldstein: “Thanks for always believing I can change the world.”

What absolute truth do you believe?

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.

I invite you to add your own thoughts on the daily topic.  Feel free to add your comments below or write your own blog, following the daily topics indicated or any others that call out to you.

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