Musings on Jewish Education and Jewish Living

#BlogElul 10 – See

My friend Carl is an amazing photographer.  At least several times a week, Carl will post a new photo and I will be blown away.  With his permission, here are just a few of his magnificent photographs:

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Carl has a gift.  He’s got a great eye and some serious photographic skills.  But more importantly, he has a gift when it comes to seeing the beauty, the miraculous and the Divine in this incredible world God gave us.  And through the gift of his lens, he’s taught me to make sure I take the time to see it as well.

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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