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Month of Elul

Each year as summer fades into fall, Jewish tradition invites us to turn inward. The month of Elul precedes the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We dedicate this time to preparing ourselves for the holidays so that we can experience them as fully as possible. During Elul we are asked to look into ourselves. We think about who we are and who we want to be. Whose forgiveness do we need in order for us to enter a new year with a clean slate? Judaism offers help for this period of introspection in several ways: The shofar sounds daily, awakening us from complacency; later in the month, prayers of repentance—selikhot—are added to the daily liturgy. Perhaps most important, during Elul, we can support each other through the process of requesting and offering forgiveness with full and open hearts. 

Keeping the Faith: Resilience in the Jewish Tradition

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Blog Post | August 15, 2017

Call for Submissions: Embracing the Stranger

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Submit by July 31st for this special publication for the High Holidays During Elul (the month of spiritual preparation before the High Holidays begin), the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association...  more
Blog Post | July 19, 2017

Queen and King

By Alden Solovy
A poem for Elul using the metaphor of a King and Queen in the fields.   more
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