Archive | Echoes of Elul

Meaningful Mitzvot – Day 15

15 Elul 5773 By Monica Engel The sounds of laughter and chatter.  The words of praise and gratitude.  The awe and intimidation of what began as a seedling and developed into a bouquet.  These are the echoes of Mitzvah Meals and what it means for those on both sides of the table: The bounty we […]

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Waiting on a Park Bench – Day 14

14 Elul 5773 By Dr. Martin Graffman The days of Elul are a time for questions and reflections that often unsettle, sting and provoke us. What if God – not Michelangelo’s deity or the whirlwind or the voice of the turtle – is simply the “real,” the reality, the truth of what is or “Is” from […]

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How to be a Good Person – Day 13

13 Elul 5773 By Halia Lindauer Your responsibility and attitude can take you a long way. If you do it correctly, that is. You should take your responsibilities seriously. For example, when you’re in school and your teacher gives you an assignment, and you take your time and turn it in feeling confident about what […]

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Watching the Oven – Day 12

12 Elul 5773 By Nancy Silverman Below is a poem that I wrote in honor of my grandmother, a Russian immigrant with only a grade school education who taught herself to read and write English. Her minimal English skills did not stop her from writing weekly letters to her son. My sister and I enjoyed […]

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Letter to God – Day 9

9 Elul 5773 By Lisa Ackerman Dear God, I have been searching for what seems to be too long.  Searching for you, to find you, to know you, to take comfort in your existence, to complain, to beg and plead, to negotiate, to express my gratitude, to question, to love. Sometimes, I am conscious of […]

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Lost Reflections – Day 7

7 Elul 5773 By Scott Friedman During the month of Elul, while other Jews are searching their souls in preparation for Rosh Hashanah (Judgment) and Yom Kippur (Atonement), I do not search my soul. While other Jews are thinking about granting and asking for forgiveness, I have no thoughts of forgiveness whatsoever. I am certain […]

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Listen to the Sounds – Day 6

6 Elul 5773 By Yoni Cohen Press play below to listen to my original song I wrote this Shema on my first BJE Shabbaton weekend at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu. During Shabbat we took a walk to the beach. The counselors asked us to sit quietly and listen to all the sounds around us. […]

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