When I lived in Los Angeles – in the densely populated neighborhood known by locals as the “Brentwood Ghetto” – someone in my building, or perhaps next door or across the street, blew a shofar early every morning during Elul.
On most days, it was a cannot-be-ignored reminder of the upcoming High Holy Days. On Sundays, though, it was a true (and most unwelcome) wake-up call.
But that was back before social media… Today, there are countless ways to sound a shofar without disturbing the neighbors.
Last Tuesday, for instance, on Elul 3, Ima on the Bima’s High Holy Day theme of “Intentions” prompted me to change my Facebook cover photo to this:
I then offered this comment: Changing my FB cover to this photo will, I hope, remind me each day of this month to be intentional in thought and preparation for the upcoming holy days. #BlogElul
So far, it seems to be working…and I’m not disturbing the neighbors.
What about you? What reminds you that it's Elul and that the High Holy Days are on the way?