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#blogelul : counting

the num­bers’ game [Note: not all of the but­tons used to illus­trat­ed this game rep­re­sent the con­cept expressed in the num­bers; some are used because they dis­play that num­ber.] The chil­dren played by the shore, allow­ing the ball to bounce … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul : inventory

keep­ing track of… We each need and want to keep track of dif­fer­ent things. We all need to track our behav­ior. Some of us like to know what music we’ve lis­tened to, what con­certs we’ve heard. Oth­ers pay close atten­tion … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul : return

the month of elul begins once again Hosea 14:2: שׁוּבָה, יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַד, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: כִּי כָשַׁלְתָּ, בַּעֲו‍ֹנֶךָ. I return to this writ­ing, that I have not vis­it­ed since ear­ly March, short­ly before Pesach. I have been many places, but now is … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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now is the time for change

the month of elul אלול has begun. Bradley Burston writes: in Israel, the future can come down to just one night Actu­al­ly, every­where in the world our future is deter­mined by the actions at each of the moments we live … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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It’s very clear

our love is here to stay While prepar­ing a wed­ding drash for this past week I learned that Ira Gersh­win chan­neled Isa­iah 54:10 in this week’s haf­tarah por­tion. Isa­iah: For the moun­tains may move And the hills be shak­en, But my loy­al­ty … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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pirke imahot .01

I am not the first to use the phrase, but begin­ning on March 15, 2000 I began a file in which I col­lect­ed our moth­er’s say­ings. I will peri­od­i­cal­ly share them here. One of her pri­ma­ry expres­sions was: if you can’t say any­thing nice … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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when?

…when­ev­er” How often have we heard peo­ple respond in this way? I’m always ready to go out and enjoy life. But, the dai­ly alarm of the sho­far in Elul reminds us to mix those plea­sures, and that time is… Lena … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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אלול comes every year

prepar­ing for my beloved As we begin Elul, the month before Rosh haShan­nah, prepa­ra­tions for the new year start. As I wrote last year (August 20, 2009) at this time, the Hebrew word אלול is con­sid­ered an acronym for the phrase … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Elul Homework 2 (I’ve done that too!)

con­fir­ma­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion Some­times we think that we are the only per­son who has done such ter­ri­ble things to oth­ers. It can be lib­er­at­ing and for­giv­ing for us, and those oth­ers like us, to learn that we are not alone. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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How did the על חטא (al ḥet) begin?

I don’t know.How­ev­er, I imag­ine it some­thing like this […from the archives (with minor updat­ing)]: Betha­mi knew the way down the nar­row windswept alley­ways of Tiberias blind­fold­ed The lap­ping of the tiny waves of Galilee offered a con­stant guide. She had walked … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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