Cycles of Inner reflection - Teshuvah
The main theme of the month of Elul is teshuvah, 'atonement or inner reflection.
Teshuvah can be understood in a few ways:
An important fact to know, is that teshuvah is part of everyday Jewish practice, not only the High Holiday period. There are prayers for Teshuvah in the traditional morning prayers and in the bedtime prayers where there is an opportunity to review the day and consider what went well and what can be improved.
Teshuvah once a week is often done on Friday afternoon, as a review of the week, in preparation for Shabbat.
A monthly teshuvah reflection is done at the end of each month, in preparation for a new month and a new beginning.
And now we are in the phase of reviewing the whole year in this month of Elul, before the New Year and Yom Kippur.
So, as we explore our teshuvah (“At-One-ment”) process in Elul, let’s also think about how we can incorporate a few minutes of teshuvah into our daily, weekly, and monthly practice in the year ahead.
Wishing you a reflective and enjoyable day,
-- Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff, Emanuel Synagogue, Woollahra