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Elul - A Month to Reflect and Prepare

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Elul, the last month in the Hebrew calendar, is a time of reflection. At the start of every week during this special month, we will share guided meditations, texts, prayers, and poems for you to contemplate and practice.

We invite you to join us virtually for this mindful, guided experience and at our Shabbat services, which will include additional meaningful opportunities for reflection.

In this late summer/early fall month that precedes Rosh Hashanah, our faith gives us the opportunity to contemplate the state of our spiritual lives and our relationships with the people we love and God.

The Hebrew letters that make up Elul — aleph, lamed, vav, lamed — are an acronym for Ani L’Dodi, v’Dodi Li (I am My Beloved’s and My Beloved is Mine), from the Song of Songs, 6:3. Most often interpreted as love poetry between a man and a woman, the phrase also reflects the love between God and the Jewish people.

Elul - Our Clergy's Reflection
Elul - Our Clergy's Reflection

Elul, which begins on September 1 and ends on September 29, is an important month in the cycle of the Jewish year and in the life of the individual Jew. It is not important because of the holidays that occur during it, as there are none. Nor is it important because of the fast days it contains; again, there are none. Rather, as the month that leads up to the High Holy Days, Elul is a month of preparation, of introspection.

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Sign-Up for Weekly Inspiration
Sign-Up for Weekly Inspiration

This four-week experience begins on September 1 with a congregational email welcoming you to Elul. If you would like to receive an email or text message for each of the four weeks with readings, reflections, and meditations, you can sign-up here.

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Elul Week 1
Elul Week 1

The Body

The body is our foundation. To accomplish all that the day has in store for us, we rely on a healthy and strong body.  Some take great pride in keeping their bodies strong, while for others, the aches and pains that come with activity and age prevent us from using our bodies to their fullest potential. 

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Elul Week 2
Elul Week 2

The Soul

The soul is the spark within that illumines each of us, our pilot light, if you will.  It is the divine light that shines through us and helps us to bring warmth, light, and compassion to the world around us.

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Elul Week 3
Elul Week 3

The Mind

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are nearing as we enter our third week of Elul.  During the past two weeks, we have focused on the body and soul. It is time to turn our attention to our minds. 

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Elul Week 4
Elul Week 4

The Entirety of Being

This is the final week before Rosh Hashanah and the Aseret y’mei hat’shuvah, the 10 days of repentance, of returning. During the past few weeks, we have given attention to individual aspects of our body — the body that is the vessel, the soul within that lights the way, and the mind which guides with intention.

The final act of our preparation will focus on the entirety of our being.

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