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Elul Reflections, High Holy Days Reading

reflection

Time has a way of moving forward, and before we know it, the High Holy Days will be upon us. Elul is the month preceding the Days of Awe, and the entire month should be devoted to introspection, reflection, considering the Mitzvah/Mitzvot we have undertaken, and the kindnesses we have shown and shared. It is also a time for reviewing our spirituality and whether we have moved forward with it, and it is a time to pray and forgive. Forgiving does not mean we agree with the other person/persons. We are simply forgiving them for what we see or feel they have negatively done to us. It is a way of letting go of harbored anger or thoughts regarding another or others. In this way, by releasing the feelings and thoughts, we can move forward, using our energy towards positiveness.

We must also reflect on what we might have done to make another person’s life less comfortable and/or less filled with happiness. Try to think about whether you have wronged another, whether inadvertently or with a sense of anger and/or resentment. An apology might be difficult, but once you have done so, a burden will be lifted.

Some 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

Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days, by Shmuel Yosef Agnon

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

Seyder Tkhines, by Devra Kay

Hours of Devotion, by Dinah Berland

Entering the High Holy Days, by Rabbi Reuven Hammer

Shabbat Shalom!

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Captures of Nature, High Holy Days Reading

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

Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days, by Shmuel Yosef Agnon

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

Seyder Tkhines, by Devra Kay

Hours of Devotion
, by Dinah Berland

Entering the High Holy Days
, by Rabbi Reuven Hammer

August 21, 2012 – 3 Elul, 5772

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Shabbat, Passover/Pesach

The cakes have been baked, the matzoh ball soup made, and the chicken and the other dishes are ready to go.

The house is clean, despite the grandies (laughing). Everything is more or less in order, as good as it can be with a four year old and two year old.

Shabbat Shalom! Chag Sameach!

Haggadahs:

A Passover Haggadah: As Commented Upon by Elie Wiesel.

Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own, by Marge Piercy

Dayenu! A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children

The No Potato Passover, by Aviva Kanoff, is a fantastic cook book.

Once again, Shabbat Shalom! Chag Sameach!

April 6, 2012 – 14 Nisan, 5772

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Jewaicious Re Purim and International Women’s Day

Today is Purim! May it be a day of celebratory happiness, and a day of thoughtfulness.

Enjoy your celebration. Chag Sameach!

Purim Guide

Six things you might not know about Purim

Purim in the U.S.

Israel Purim

Purim
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Today is also International Women’s Day!

More links relating to women and their contributions:

10 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day


Women and War, International Committee of the Red Cross

International Museum of Women


International Women’s Day Celebration


Worldwide Stamps Released on International Women’s Day

The Measure of a Woman

The Women of Sudan

Women

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March 8, 2012 – 14 Adar I, 5772

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