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30 Days of Elul - Day 17 - Adonai with Rabbi Dan Levin

30 Days of Elul – Day 16 – The Thirteen Attributes

30 Days of Elul – Day 16 – The Thirteen Attributes

Moses was really depressed. He led the people out of Egypt, brought them to Mount Sinai to receive the Torah, and when he descended the mountain, he found them worshiping the Golden Calf. “That’s it!” he thought to himself, and went before God for help. He asked to see God’s face- a wish that

30 Days of Elul - Day 15 - Consequence

Consequence - we all understand the basic premise that whatever we put out into the universe comes back to us – many times as blessings and curses. Study and you’ll do well on that test. Be kind and you will be rewarded. But in this month of Elul we can aspire to dig more deeply and think about

30 Days of Elul - Day 14 - Elul Renewal

“I can see clearly now, the rain is gone…” is how Jimmy Cliff described his feeling of renewal, in his famous song. “Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind, it’s gonna be a bright, sunshiny day”.  I personally have that feeling of renewal every morning after I’ve finished my exercise class; I

30 Days of Elul - Day 13 - Return

“The words of the prayer book are like freeze-dried coffee.  Our problem today is that we’ve forgotten that in order to enjoy it, we need to first add boiling water.” -Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi In English, a prayer book is a prayer book.  It might be a high holy day prayer book or a Shabbat

30 Days of Elul – Day 12 - Repentance

The big word for this season is "repentance".  It's a concept we don't easily embrace. We live in a society in which perfection is not a goal but an expectation.  We get incredibly angry when things don't go as we expect they should.  There are not supposed to be missed appointments, traffic jams,

30 Days of Elul - Day 11

Every morning as we wake up, before we even open our eyes, we are taught to say the prayer, “Modeh ani l’fanecha, melech chai v’kayam; she’hechezarta be nishmati b’chemla, raba emunatecha.” I thank you, living and enduring God, for You have graciously returned my soul within me. Great is your

30 Days of Elul - Day 10 - Awe

30 Days of Elul - Day 10 - Awe

As a child of the 90s, when I was growing up, everything was AWESOME! Maybe it was because of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but if something wasn’t awesome, it was garbage. Of course, as a 10 year old I had no idea what awe really was. Awe is so much deeper than really, really liking

30 Days of Elul - Day 8 - Psalm 27

Biblical scholar Robert Alter describes the Psalms as something that “has meant so much to countless people in their own hour of uncertainty and dread.” "The Lord is my light and my rescue. Whom should I fear? The Lord is my life's stronghold. Of whom should I be afraid?" -Psalm 27:1 It is