Posts Tagged: Jewel of Elul

This Year I Ought to…



by Craig Taubman How do we keep the introspection of the High Holy Days going throughout the year? Ironically it might happen if we don’t think too much. Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “A Jew is asked to take a leap of action rather than a leap of thought.” Ours is a religion that asks us […]

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Elul: Your Daily Dose of Inspiration



At the end of this month, another summer full of pool parties and outdoor barbecues will fade away as we enter the time of reflection. In the Jewish faith, we traditionally dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to studying and preparing for the coming High Holy Days. The time is supposed to […]

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Preparing for the Days of Awe



During the year I spent studying in Jerusalem as a rabbinic student, it was impossible to escape the upcoming High Holy Days. Even if one were not at all observant, each day of Elul, the month preceding the Days of Awe, brought an auditory reminder. During Elul, at daily morning services the shofar is blown. […]

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Jewels of Elul – Living Lighter



by Abigail Pogrebin(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) I seek light by seeking lightness.  So much of life can be freighted, fretted.  There is a discipline in finding the buoyancy in at least one moment every single day.  I’ve had to learn lightness-how to find meaning, levity, even exuberance-in noticing the simplest seconds. There’s work in […]

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Jewels of Elul – Seeking Truth



by Zion Ozeri(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) For good or bad, digital communication has revolutionized and transformed our lives. We are now not merely spectators, but active participants empowered to reflect what we see and feel.  In the past, only a privileged few had the ability to influence mass media and movements.  Nowadays, amateurs […]

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Jewels of Elul – Seeing in the Bible



by Dennis Shulman(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) I lost my vision gradually throughout my childhood. In 1968, when I went to college, I was totally blind. The years since have been blessed with great people, with myriad challenges, and with remarkable opportunities. During these years, I have also been blessed with a story from […]

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Jewels of Elul – You Are My Sunshine



by Nancy Abramson(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.  You make me happy, when skies are grey…”  Many years ago, when my children were young, I used to sing this folk song. I wanted them to believe that each of them was my sunshine, the focal light of my […]

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Jewels of Elul – The Spark



by Bradley Keywell(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) I am often asked, “What makes a great entrepreneur?”  My answer describes someone with an explosive combination of ideas, vision, drive, persistence, and something nearly impossible to describe–a spark, a light.  Our world advances because of human beings who are willing to take risks in pursuit of […]

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Jewels of Elul – Light Seeker



by Idan Raichel(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) To understand the light, we must understand the dark.  For me, the dark is what people experience when they have lost their way on the long road of life. It happens to all of us. We lose our center and feel we have nothing to lean on.  […]

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Jewels of Elul – Let There be Light



by Tamar Elad-Appelbaum(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) It was dawn. My mother and I watched silently as the sun rose on a new day, the seventh day of my brother’s Shiva. My brother, Nadav Elad, had been an IDF soldier in one of the elite units of the paratroopers. We should have hated the sun, […]

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Jewels of Elul: Elul 15 – God Is The Light



by Najeeba Syeed-MillerOriginally posted on Jewels of Elul “God is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth.” Qur’an 24:35 This verse of the Holy Book of Muslims has been elucidated upon byMuslim scholars for generations. My explanation is decidedly morepedestrian. I write in the month of Ramadan, withholding myself fromfood, drink, gossip and speaking […]

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Jewels of Elul – Amazing Light



by Cecil L. Murray(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) Where can we who walk in darkness find brighter light?  I suggest we look no further than to the preacher/poet, John Newton.  He was a former slave trader who saw the light.  Today he is best known as the composer of the hymn, Amazing Grace! Again and […]

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Jewels of Elul – L is for Light



by Rabbi Steven Lowenstein(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) Yehi Or-Let there be Light. L is for LightThat I give and receiveBy teaching and sharing with othersAs we search for what we believe. Truth is: We all possess light, different kinds of light. Sometimes we share that light, sometimes we hide it, even from ourselves. […]

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Jewels of Elul – Two Stories



by Rabbi Jack Riemer(Originally posted on Jewels of Elul) On the day they were created, Adam and Eve sinned and were expelled from the Garden. As the sun set and the world grew darker they said, “Because of our sin, the world is ending.” They stayed up all night, praying to God. When the sun […]

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