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'Jewels Of Elul': Stories, Lessons To Prepare For Jewish High Holidays

Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion

There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The time is suppose...

What Do You Really Really Want This Rosh Hashanah?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

My son Jacob has been playing the Spice Girls 1996 hit "Wannabe" a lot lately. In a flash, the connection between the song and preparation for Rosh Hashanah came to me a few nights ago.

Three Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

This month Jews around the world are preparing for the most sacred days of the year. It is a month devoted traditionally to reflection and self-examination.Asking the following questions, first prosed 2,000 years ago, give us a way to start.

The Holiday Gift Guide: Parshat Shoftim

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The Hebrew month of Elul is here, so the High Holidays can't be far behind. Obviously, G-d has everything, so what gift can we possibly give Him?

Preparing for High Holy Days 5774 With Chocolate

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

As we enter into the Jewish month of preparation prior to the High Holy Days, Elul, I am thinking about the spiritual aspects of chocolate. Like the complex transformation of the cocoa bean to chocolate, I seek to transform myself at this sacred season.

Spiritual Leprosy: Are You Afflicted?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

It isn't easy to look in the mirror and see our own spiritual leprosy. If you do get a glimpse, don't turn away in disgust or shame. Remember, underlying life is a river of love and compassion.

Caine Monroy's Jewel Of Elul: Double Digits

Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

King James And Rosh Hashanah

Rabbi Eitan Webb | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eitan Webb

It is our restraint during Elul that prepares us for the new year of G-d's governance. That is, if Elul is campaign season, then Rosh Hashanah is Election Day.

Mentally Preparing For The High Holidays

Jordana Horn | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Jordana Horn

Elul is really hard for me: In the darker moments of Elul, and in the darker corners of my mind, I berate myself. But in the course of this month, I try to find ways in which I can be a better parent and person -- and there are plenty.

Fighting The Internal Enemy: Reflections On Another 9/11 Anniversary

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

This 11th anniversary of 9/11 falls during the month of Elul, the month of preparation for the Jewish New Year. Our work during this time is Cheshbon HaNefesh, an accounting of the soul, as individuals and as a community.

Peter Yarrow's Jewel Of Elul: Get Rid Of The Goat

Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Closer To You: Approaching The Holy Days

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 11.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

King David danced in our midst, and so (so to speak) does God! We now stand in the Courtyard with our divine Majesty, savoring this greater intimacy. But there remains some distance.

Jewels Of Elul: Breaking Free Of Self-Imposed Cages

Sarah Hurwitz | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Sharing The Light : A Jewel Of Elul By Yisrael Campbell

Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

The Music Of Darkness: A Jewel Of Elul By Karyn Kedar

Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Spiritual Light: A Jewel Of Elul By Mary J. Blige

Posted 11.10.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

An Environmental Confession For The High Holidays

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

The Jewish concept of repentance is called Teshuvah ("return" in English) and one of the critical aspects of repentance is the act of confession.

That's How The Light Gets In: A 'Jewel Of Elul' By Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Posted 11.02.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Blessed Be The Creator Of Light

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Light does not erase difficulty or doubt or even death. But it allows us to seek blessing: Blessed be God, who grants us memory, and gives us light.

The Month of Elul as Opportunity: Monica, Eve, and Repentance

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Elul is an opportune time to engage in teshuvah, the process of repenting after committing a sin. In our world where men tend to dominate women, men have a special task to reflect on their relationship to women.

Giving Your Way Out Of Difficulty: A 'Jewel Of Elul' By Ketra Oberlander

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Valuing Family And God: A 'Jewel Of Elul' By Imam Jihad Turk

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Passing The Test With G-d's Help: A 'Jewel Of Elul' By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...

Shofar to Congress: Wake Up! Work Still Needs to be Done

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Steve Gutow

It is the end of the hot months of summer and some Americans and Washingtonians, particularly, are in their last days of vacation. In political Washin...

The Thing Greater Than Me: A 'Jewel of Elul' By Lady Gaga

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...