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A Word from Rabbi Schulman - 8/21/2020

Many of us during this pandemic have been reluctant, if not downright fearful, of traveling. We have placed on hold our vacation plans that might take us to new and exciting locations.

But there is a different kind of journey that is available to each and every one of us. And it begins today.

Today is the first day of Elul, the month that precedes the High Holy Days. Our tradition teaches us that during Elul we begin the passage of preparing our souls for the Days of Awe.

Fortunately, there are a number of accessible online resources that can help us navigate this journey. The Central Conference of American Rabbis offers a workbook that includes a daily reading followed by a question for reflection here.

A similar workbook is offered by Rabbi Jill Zimmerman. What distinguishes her offering is that her readings and reflections are more reflective of our experiences during the pandemic. Her workbook can be accessed here.

Lastly, there is a series of online video Elul teachings and live events offered by the Institute of Jewish Spirituality (I am a graduate of the IJS rabbinic training program). The Shofar Project focuses on different aspects of awakening and renewal. This free resource is available here.

During this time, we may be restricted from making long trips that take us far from home. But during the month of Elul, there are no obstacles in beginning the journey that returns us to our hearts and souls.

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