Musings on Jewish Education and Jewish Living

#blogElul 11 – Count

Things I’m counting:

  • Religious School Teachers (22)
  • Ma’aseh / Teacher Assistants (45)
  • Religious School Students (around 210 and changing daily)
  • Volunteers helping us get ready for the start of school (2 teachers, 4 Confirmands)
  • Bulletin Boards to be covered and bordered (63)
  • Food Blessings and Torah Study Blessings posters to be hung in classrooms (20 of each)
  • Days until Rosh HaShanah (18 until Erev)
  • Days until opening day of Religious School (22)

Plus ONE fabulous assistant who keeps all of this (and me) straight.

And, of course, the blessings that make up my life, which are countless.

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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