Slow emerging consciousness.
Looking without seeing.
Seeing then knowing.
Traversing the barriers.
Elul. As this preparatory month unfolds, smoothing the way towards the Yamim Noraim– the Days of Awe, we listen to the sound of the shofar. Each day, the sound rouses us, awakens our consciousness, calls us to look and see who we are, what we’ve done, what has been done to us? Each day, the sound becomes more familiar, penetrates deeper, touches our core, touches our soul, connects us to the Divine, connects us to self. Each day of Elul leads us one step closer to Rosh Hashanah. The sound builds until it breaks through the barrier, our defences, until we see and know, forgive and love…only if we let it.
-- Rabbi Allison RH Conyer, Etz Chayim Progressive Synagogue, Bentleigh, VIC