Elul

How Can We Forgive the Unforgivable?

The month of Elul ushers in a season of repentance and forgiveness, but it's not always so simple.

Fear and Trembling About High Holy Days Services

Elul, which initiates the holiday countdown, is more than just a calendric alarm clock.

“If!”– Walking Backwards into Elul

This Jewish month is the doorway to the High Holy Days of awe, meaning, introspection and transformation.

Writing the Next Episode of Your Life

Do you ever watch British TV? I am a fan, a huge fan, especially of the stories that disclose, in episodes ...

The Elul of Victory and Defeat

Heartbreaking news out of the sports world Monday: At the track and field World Championships in Beijing, American Molly Huddle ...

Hitting Snooze in Elul

All the most contentious questions of modern Jewish life ultimately boil down to questions of continuity: intermarriage, who is a ...

In the Field

According to Hasidic thinking the days of Elul are the time when “the King is in the field.” The metaphor ...

As The Holidays Approach…

It’s that time of year. The holidays are on my mind, and in my heart.The sound of the Shofar for ...

The Cry of the Mother Whose Son We Have Killed in Battle

The rabbis of the Talmud have taught that the shofar must be blown with a particular intention: to sound like ...

The Warrior Within

“The true test of a warrior is not without – it is within.”– Lieutenant Commander Worf, Star Trek: The Next ...