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Echoes of Elul, Day 29: Echoes of Elul Concludes

I want to express my deepest gratitude to all the contributors and readers of the 5781 Echoes of Elul. A heartfelt thanks to all, whose generosity and effort keep the Echoes alive! May we all have a healthy and happy new year. L’shanah tova Risè Kirbo Special thanks to: Soni Sanberg, Yanir Dekel, Ruth Irving, […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 28: Carry On

Anonymous Elul, a time of dread to me. Like in a movie when you hear the ominous background music while people are having fun. Something dreadful is about to happen and everyone is oblivious. I am headed for the High Holy Days where something profound “should” happen. But unlike my movie friends, I know it. […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 25: Within the Sounds of Silence

Anonymous Elul, a time of reflection, “soul accountability,” time to take stock of thoughts and conversations of the past year. This Elul sends me to thoughts of isolation. Isolation leads to an increase in inner thought, that then leads to the opportunity for inner reflection that is wrapped inside of silence. If true, we have […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 24: Shofar

by martin nakell shofar as oceans are mountains are skies are winds are rivers of languages gush forth are pressures are release are lost are opened are eons to now’s are timeless are sourceless are inevitable are what we have been waiting for are turbulence are crazy speed are poems are yourself are yourself are […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 23: Who Am I?

The following piece was submitted by Alan Shebroe. He suggests it may speak to many with regard to our Jewish values. Alan says he found it “enlightening” and hopes you will too. WHO AM I? Anonymous Big Cheeks. A grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans known as […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 21: Experiencing Joy a New Way

Cindy Grossberg How things have changed in a year! Last August I wrote about experiencing the birth of my first granddaughter, Libby Jane. I reminisced about holding her for the first time, how I cherished rocking her in the wee hours of the night while her parents slept. Living so close, I have been blessed […]

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Echoes of Elul, Day 20: Are You There Judy Blume…

Anonymous Once upon a time, there was a semi-sweet young woman in despair. Meg (pseudonym) was a serious eighteen year old. She experienced severe symptoms of anxiety. Her family, boyfriend, and friends did not recognize the depth of Meg’s disorder.  She came from a tumultuous home and the loss of two young aunts and her […]

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