Great fables have an ability to reappear in different guises, and teach us lessons on multiple fronts. The tortoise and the hare is a classic example of that, especially for the month of Elul.
In the story, the tortoise wins the race, because of his slow, intentional motion and activity.
The hare dashes off right at the beginning, and then loses energy, slowing him down and causing him to lose the race.
During the month of Elul, we should behave like the tortoise, not the hare.
To properly do teshuvah, we are required to think about our actions and what we want to achieve in this month of reflection, what are we going to change?
The reality is that true change takes time, it requires intentional work and thought, so it has to be done slowly.
If we are like the hare, we are in too much of a hurry and so cannot properly engage in the process of teshuvah.
So let us think and act like the tortoise, taking measured steps that involve thinking and understanding change and its impacts for all of us.
--Reverend Sam Zwarenstein