Tag Archives: rosh hashannah

#blogelul — prepare

the upcom­ing event You’ve invit­ed a num­ber of friends over. Even if it is a pot-luck din­ner, there’s much you need to do in advance of the meal. You, as I do, prob­a­bly have lists with sub­lists encom­pass­ing all the projects that go … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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face to face

vir­tu­al and real life rela­tion­ships If you are read­ing this, you know that I believe in the val­ue of “vir­tu­al” or “Inter­net rela­tion­ships”, though not of the inti­mate kind. In fact, it’s writ­ten over there in the upper left cor­ner that … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul : trust

don’t? It is often hard to know whom to trust. Each of the fol­low­ing but­tons were sold as nov­el­ty items. The first sug­gest­ing we trust Bernard Mad­off is very sad. The sec­ond is intend­ed for fun. I’ve nev­er worn the … 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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#blogexodus : numbers (not the book, a game of sorts)

the num­bers’ game The chil­dren played by the shore, allow­ing the ball to bounce light­ly on their fin­ger tips before they popped it over to the oth­er side of the line. Now and then one of them dove into the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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the new year; traveling for chocolate… and much more

Switzer­land was actu­al­ly “Plan B” We had hoped to get to Fire Island (Long Island) at The Pines for Rosh haShan­nah to be with a col­league and at the beach. How­ev­er, because “the sea­son” at The Pines was still going strong, … 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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Elul Homework 1

now the real work begins Talk about “trim­ming” or “uni­fy­ing” is easy. The dif­fi­cult task lies ahead. I need to seek out the peo­ple I have wronged, approach them and express to them my regret along with a clear plan as to how … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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