Musings on Jewish Education and Jewish Living

#BlogElul 17 – Awaken

I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, getting ready for both the High Holy Days and the start of Religious School.  In the middle of all that, I had some medical blips that took precious hours away from my preparation time.

I always look forward to Shabbat, except at this time of year.  Ironically, it feels as though I don’t have time for Shabbat this week.  Yet Shabbat is exactly what I need right now.

So despite my need for another six hours before the day ends, I’ll stop what I’m doing, head down the hall to services, and welcome Shabbat with my congregation.  I pray that I may awaken tomorrow with a sense of peace and calmness, with an appreciation of Shabbat, and with the stamina to pull an all-nighter tomorrow night in order to be prepared for our Teacher Orientation Sunday morning.

Shabbat Shalom!


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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