Elul Reflection: 19 Elul 5778

19 Elul 5778
30 August 2018

What an extraordinary gift it is—what a blessing, what a miracle
to have been raised by imperfect parents who did their very best;
to share our life with a partner no more flawed than we are;
to count as a friend one who understands and accepts us most of the time.

How brave, how hard it is to be “good enough” in our ties to one another:
to give, even when we’re exhausted; to love faithfully;
to receive with grace the love imperfectly offered to us.

Can this night set us free from the tyranny of expectations?

Can this night release us from fantasies impossible to fulfill?

We resolve this night to embrace the practice of forgiveness:
to forgive others who fail to be all we hoped they would be;
to forgive ourselves when we fall short of what others hoped we would be.

We declare this night that we will cherish goodness wherever it is found,
and open ourselves to the gifts that are before us. 

Rabbi Lewis Kamrass (b. 1959) (adapted)

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

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