I have been busy the past few days reading, preparing myself, through books, prose, both fiction and nonfiction, for the High Holy Days. The month of Elul is a month that Jews prepare themselves for the upcoming High Holy Days, and that is exactly what I was doing. I am a reader, and my life revolves around books, prayer books, memoirs, historical nonfiction, historical fiction, Jewish history, WWII history, Holocaust history, photography, nature, and so much more.
Much of the content in this post is a repeat of one I wrote several years back. There are a couple of book updates. I am mainly posting this due to my dedication during Elul to reading, praying, and contemplating what is necessary for me to incorporate in my daily life for preparing for the High Holy Days.
The photograph above always brings me back to the Smokey Mountains, and to the beauty and awe of nature. To call the scenic setting breathtaking, is an understatement. Like Yosemite National Park, the sea, or the Grand Canyon, the Smokey Mountains leave me gasping at the wonder of it all.
Recommended Reading in preparation for the High Holy Days:
Waiting for Rain, by Bryna Jocheved Levy
The Koren Sacks Siddur: A Hebrew/English Prayerbook, by Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days, by Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky
A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book, by Dr. Aliza Laviwe
The How & Why of Jewish Prayer, by Israel Rubin
The Gift of Rest, by Senator Joe Lieberman
The Jewish Body, by Melvin Konner
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
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