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Echoes of Elul Day 18: The Hamster Wheel

By Rachel Benson Life, as a “grown-up,” often feels like I’m just running on a hamster wheel.  And yes- after 24 years of officially being a grown up, the wheel seems to be going faster and faster.  Alarm chimes.  I wake up, much earlier than my circadian rhythm wants me to.  I scramble frantically to […]

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Echoes of Elul Day 17: 24 Hours

By Rita Zipnick When I was about 12 years old, we had to read a book about Helen Keller. I was so taken by what this young girl suffered through and yet, she was so happy to be alive. The class had to write an essay and/or a poem about what we read and felt. […]

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Echoes of Elul Day 16: Serious Consideration

By Caron Winston Reflect on something! But what is reflection? According to the dictionary, as a noun, it means, “The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it.” But, as a verb, it means “Serious thought or consideration.” Let’s consider what we have all been through the last […]

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Echoes of Elul Day 15: Acceptance

By Risè Kirbo Vulnerable, I have my arms up over my head. My fingers are spread wide. I feel something solid under my palms. It feels soft and moist, like clay. Then my hands begin to slip and I start sliding down. I gasp and my breath catches in my throat as my fingertips desperately […]

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Echoes of Elul Day 14: Feeling Mortal

By Karen Warren I’m going to die. I’ve known it for a long time, but I found it difficult to believe. They said it was inevitable. I laughed and ran and lived. Now, I feel it in my bones and glimpse it in the mirror. My children’s children are growing so fast, as my gait […]

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Echoes of Elul Day 13: What is a Mensch?

A few months ago, Marty Graffman challenged the Torah Study group to define a “mensch.” And, while I was listening to the group’s responses, I was thinking about how I would define “mensch.” But, everything that came to mind seemed formulaic, as if it came from a Wikipedia article. When I got home that morning, […]

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Echoes of Elul Day 12: Light Chaser

By Angela Holmes Simply noticing, noticing, noticing.Becoming unlatched.All senses open.Noticing everything.Eyes open, ears open, touch, smell, feel.Noticing everything.The world opens.Thoughts expand.Light shines brighter on all things.Noticing everything.Noticing steps.Noticing glimmers of outer, inner illumination.Noticing everything.Discovering what is hiding in the universe of places and moments.A challenge to SEE every day, every THING, every consequence, every instance.Chase […]

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Echoes of Elul Day 11: New Beginnings

By Mitchell Cohen Years ago, a close friend, who is a much more observant Jew than me, asked what I was up to. I gave him the standard response we give all of our friends, “All good.” We talked some more and I shared that family, work, health, everything was just fine. This friend wasn’t […]

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Echoes of Elul Day 10: Kindness

Elizabeth J. Cohen I know that some of my friends out there will understand this. There are times in life when the expressions, “Let it Go” and “Was it really worth it? “ truly mean something important. In this world, kindness and caring about how others feel, really do count in how you conduct yourselves. […]

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