1 Elul 5779
1 September 2019
Here we stand again, four weeks away from the eve of Rosh Hashanah. For some of us, it may seem as though barely anything has changed over the last year. For others, the ground may well have moved under our feet in ways that might be both a blessing and a challenge. Wherever the last year has led us, this is the time when our thoughts are meant to shift to looking ahead--to whom we wish to be and how we hope to get there.
These Elul Reflections are intended as a bit of a guide along the way through the month of Elul to Rosh Hashanah and, ultimately, to Yom Kippur. As in past years, they come at this season of introspection from a number of different perspectives--the global work of tikkun olamand the personal work of teshuvah. They include insights from our ancient tradition as well as innovative ideas that have been landed upon quite recently. This year, they also include a celebration of our new High Holy Day machzor Mishkan T'vshuvah, whose rich spiritual language is certain to enhance our experiences. Some reflections offer ways that we might deepen the journey. Others call us to look beyond ourselves to the world around us and far beyond us. All come from the heart.
"Avinu Malkeinu -- Almighty and Merciful -- answer us with grace, for our deeds are wanting. Save us through acts of justice and love." May this month be full of blessing for us all, and may it serve as a gateway to a year full of joy, abundant good health, and peace. May we all be inscribed and sealed for a good and a sweet year!
-- Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky, Elul Reflections Editor