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Day 1 – Disneyland Half Marathon

1 Elul 5776 by Rabbi Heidi Cohen A good friend of mine has been challenging me to run the Disneyland Half Marathon with her. Her argument, “Heidi, you love Disneyland so much, you have to experience Disneyland this way too!” Now, let’s get something straight, I’ve never been a runner and actually, my mom and […]

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Day 7 – Blue Moon Rising

7 Elul 5775 by Bonnie Wenneberg The moon looks HUGE tonight. It’s a Blue Moon – but it’s bright, bright white. Its reflective light is a beautiful and meaningful metaphor for Elul, our people’s time for reflection. This big and magnificent looking moon is made so, by its hidden source of light – the sun. […]

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Day 6 – On a Nightly Stroll

6 Elul 5775 by Aleta Bryant When I was twelve years old, my nineteen-year old sister, Barbara, was killed in an automobile crash on an icy road in New Jersey.  Thus, at a relatively tender age, I was introduced to the world of grief and grieving.  On the one hand, I had the opportunity to […]

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Day 5 – Ashamnu Acrostic Poem

5 Elul 5775 by Scott Friedman   Although we justify it at the time, Sins are wrong, and they are always a crime. Happiness comes from atoning for sin, And now is a chance for us to begin. Maybe we do not know which words are right, Nor how to begin, but the Cantor might. […]

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Day 4 – An Ordinary Miracle

4 Elul 5775 by Cantor Shannon McGrady Bane An ordinary miracle. An amazing, yet completely explainable miracle is taking place in my front yard. Our century plant has started to bloom. Gardeners are nodding their heads in understanding For the rest of us, allow me to explain. When we left for vacation, the bloom stalk on our century plant was chest high. I […]

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Day 3 – Three Hearts Beating and Trip Wire

3 Elul 775 by Rise Kirbo Three Hearts Beating I lay awake in bed My mind filling with the stuff of life. Scenarios swirl Crises collide Pain pervades Injustices ignite But in this small space surrounded with multiple pillows, a  blue down comforter, and total darkness, three hearts beat. Michaels slow and steady rhythm continues […]

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Gramma Fanny’s Pushke

5 Elul 5775 by Michele Shugarman When I was a little girl I loved to spend time with my Gramma Fanny.  I remember a time when I was four years old and was in Gramma’s kitchen on a Friday morning. Gramma Fanny was busy at work cooking and cleaning for Shabbat.  There was newspaper on […]

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Day 1 – The Elements of Echoes

By Rabbi Heidi Cohen and Cantor David Reinwald The word “echo” has a number of meanings and connotations. In its simplest form, an echo is positioning oneself in a place where when we call out, our voice returns us, be it a mountain top, overlooking a valley. The echo is the sound returning from where […]

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