When I was young, someone told me that you're a lucky person if, by the time you die, you can count your true friends on the fingers of one hand.
You know who are your true friends. They're the ones you call when you need a ride to the ER in the wee hours, the ones who correctly finish your sentences, the ones who have given you the shirt off their back (sometimes more than once), and the ones who know you better than you know yourself.
As 5775 approaches, may we not only count our own true friends, but may we also know that others are counting on us to be among their true friends.
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.