#BlogElul 16 – Pray

BlogElul graphic Today’s verb is Pray. In my two previous blog posts on this subject (here and here), I mused on the thought that prayer is a good thing to do whether you believe there is Anyone on the other end of the line or not. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 15 – Change

BlogElul graphic Newsflash: Change is hard. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 13 and 14 – Remember and Learn

BlogElul graphic So, it happened. Friday was a crazy day, we spent three hours at IKEA (but we found what we wanted, mostly), I had to cook and I was tired and the blog didn’t get written before Shabbat came in. In a way, it’s a relief. Now that the shiny new car is dinged, I don’t have to uphold perfection anymore. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 12 – Forgive

BlogElul graphic Today’s word is Forgive, a word we use repeatedly in the High Holy Day liturgy, asking G-d to give us a chance to make things better in the new year. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 11 – Trust

BlogElul graphic Today’s word is Trust. Trust is another one of those multifaceted words – so many different meanings. In past years, I’ve mused on repairing broken trust, and whether the Universe is a friendly place. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 10 – Count

BlogElul graphicToday’s theme is Count, so I want to look at the traditional concept of cheshbon nefesh – literally, mathematics of the soul. It looks like I only wrote about this theme in 2013 and 2014 – I guess Rabbi Sommer does mix things up! …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 9 – See

BlogElul graphic Judaism has a funny relationship with seeing. I’ve written about that in my previous three blog posts on this subject, here, here and here. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 8 – Hear

BlogElul graphic Today’s word is Hear. I just went back and read the other three Hear posts, one about the still small voice, one about finding the writer’s voice, and one about hearing voices of panic in my head when September hits … that was last year. What do I want to write about this year? …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 7 – Be

BlogElul graphicI’m always curious about the methods that Rabbi Sommer uses to decide which word goes on which day. Some of it I’m sure is deliberately random, but on the other hand, if Be ended up on Shabbat just randomly, it was a very serendipitous chance. …Continue Reading

#BlogElul 6 – Know

BlogElul graphic While thinking about what we know, I realise that we really don’t have any objective measure for that. I’m not about to set myself up as a philosopher here, although I did have a lot of fun with philosophy in university. What I really mean is something simpler – we don’t know what we don’t know, and sometimes the things that we think we know turn out not to be so. …Continue Reading