1 Elul 5773
Today we begin the month of Elul, marking the beginning of our preparations for the upcoming High Holy Days. We enter into these days of awe both as individuals and as one Temple Beth Sholom family. This year we are pleased to bring a new element to our High Holy Day preparations with a congregation-wide blog called Echoes of Elul.
TBS congregants spanning all generations have contributed to our collection of reflections, ideas and blessings that will be posted daily on our website during the next twenty-nine days. Our Elul reflections come in many formats – from original poetry, personal stories and short essays to photographs, drawings, songs and videos.
Rabbi Alan Lew teaches us, “when the shofar blows on the first day of Elul and every morning thereafter, it reminds us to turn our gaze inward, and to place judgment at the gates of our consciousness, to shift our focus from the outside world to the considerable activity taking place in the window through which we view it.”
Thank you to all of our contributors for participating in our inaugural year of Echoes of Elul. Your involvement enables us all to open our hearts and minds, to fully engage in our own spiritual practice and to recognize that we are not alone in our need for transformation.
Rabbi Heidi M. Cohen and Cantor David Reinwald