Elul Reflection: 17 Elul 5778

17 Elul 5778
28 August 2918

In the Time of Redemption

The Sages and the prophets did not yearn for the messianic time in order to have dominion over the entire world, to rule over the gentiles, to be exalted by the nations, or to eat, drink, and celebrate. Rather, they desired to be free from oppression or disturbance, so that they might immerse themselves in Torah and wisdom and thus merit the world-to-come. . . . In that era, there will be neither famine nor war, envy nor competition—for goodness will flow in abundance, and all delights will be freely available as dust of the earth. The entire world will be occupied solely in seeking to know God . . . as Scripture says, ‘The earth shall be full of the knowledge of God as water covers the sea.’

Let this be my prayer for personal redemption:
uninterrupted time to breathe and think;
time to ask myself the purpose of all my frantic striving;
time to bask in the radiance of what is. 

- Rabbi Janet Marder and Rabbi Sheldon Marder

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

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