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Elul Reflection: 10 Elul 5778

10 Elul 5778
21 August 2018

This is the Season of God.
This is the Season of Our Humanity.
And this is the day when one word stands at the very center of Jewish prayer:

M’loch.מלך: Three Hebrew letters     
Reign over space and time.
M’loch.

Reign over the infinite expanse. Show us Your reality.
Help us see our finite place in the cosmos that is our home.

What is God’s sovereignty? What is God’s rule?
It is the rule of Unity by which we sense coherence in the universe.
It is the Power of relationship,
relating every image of God to every other image of God
and to every facet of nature—
sunshine and ocean waves; heartbeats, honey bees, the stuff that stars are made of.
It is the Ultimate Power that governs our lives with wisdom, compassion, truth, and kindness.

In this Season of God—
May we breathe new life into the ancient name Melech HaOlam.
And may the Ruler of the universe breathe new life into each of us.
 

Supplementary reading from our new machzor Miskhan T'shuvah, which will be introduced in 2019

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