Sunday, September 25, 2016

#BlogElul: Begin

As we begin a new week – the last one of 5776 – may I begin to see with my 5777 eyes: less judgmentally, more compassionately, less harshly, and more patiently. Even as my eyesight and my heart soften, may I also begin to say “no,” so there can be time in my life for me – to read, write, think, or just be alone with my soul.

Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

#BlogElul: End

The end of Elul is approaching. With each passing day, I have an increased desire to skip the High Holidays entirely this year. (No, it has nothing to do with the new rabbi – or any of the clergy.)

A rabbi friend tells me that among some, this is a Jewish tradition.

Hmmm…

Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.

Friday, September 23, 2016

#BlogElul: Love


Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

#BlogElul: Fulfill

How does one fulfill the responsibility to be a good Jew?

The answer I like best is one I saw years ago at the bottom of an email: A good Jew is any Jew who is trying to be a better Jew.

Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

#BlogElul: Judge

Some food for thought from others:

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
--Voltaire

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
--Henry James

I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge regardless of their background or life experiences.
--Sonia Sotomayor

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.
--Franklin D. Roosevelt

Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not.
--Arthur Miller

I am saddened by how people treat one another and how we are so shut off from one another and how we judge one another, when the truth is, we are all one connected thing. We are all from the same exact molecules.
--Ellen DeGeneres

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
--Immanuel Kant

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
--Henry Ward Beecher

Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

#BlogElul: Ask

Perhaps I’m na├»ve, but here are 10 things I’d like to ask the universe:
  1. What has happened to civil discourse in our society?
  2. Is there an appropriate prayer for a friend whose health is not going to be restored…ever?
  3. Why is it suddenly okay for people to be so nasty?
  4. What would happen if a universal ban on cell phones went into effect next week?
  5. If I were to write an ethical will, to whom would I give it?
  6. Does being a good person count for anything anymore?
  7. Is there anyone who still values the golden rule?
  8. What does having a day of rest really mean?
  9. Is it true that cockroaches would survive a nuclear holocaust?
  10. Does meaningful change really happen based on hearing a sermon or two?
Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.

Monday, September 19, 2016

#BlogElul: Awaken

Lately I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. Between work (all High Holidays all the time), freelance projects, and volunteer commitments, as well as trying to find time for friends, #BlogElul, and some much-needed downtime, I’m perpetually exhausted.

The feeling reminds me of high school, when I’d study as far into the night as I could before asking my dad to wake me early. With my mind and body refreshed, it always was easier to finish an assignment, review notes for a quiz, or read a chapter and be ready to discuss it in class than it would have been the night before.

These days, though, no matter how much sleep I get, morning never finds me fully refreshed, energized, motivated, or enthused. I sometimes long for those seemingly simpler times – and wonder what it would take to once again awaken excited about the day ahead.

Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this #BlogElul post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes the Jewish High Holidays and traditionally serves as a time of reflection and spiritual preparation for the new year.