An Upbeat Take on Elul

Feeling downbeat after a week of soul-searching? Feeling discouraged, knowing that there are three more weeks to Rosh HaShanah? Β Here’s a video that both celebrates the joy of the coming new year and speaks to the task of making ourselves new in time for it:

It’s a classic from the Maccabeats. Enjoy!

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

6 thoughts on “An Upbeat Take on Elul”

  1. This is amazing. I went to iTunes to buy it, though, and it does not exist anywhere! πŸ™ This seems to be the only recording available anywhere – this YouTube video. Help?

  2. Reblogged this on Wrestling With G-d and commented:
    It’s Elul. It’s leading up to the High Holy Days. This song by the Maccabeats really speaks to me (thanks to Rabbi Adar at Coffee Shop Rabbi for posting it!) because it isn’t just about, or even mainly about, beating ourselves up for what we’ve done wrong. It’s also about mindfulness – about being aware and paying attention. It’s about noticing the person struggling with the stroller and the toddler as they try to descend the steep steps. It’s about giving joyfully to the street musician as he’s busking. It’s about participating in Jewish life – and in life more generally – wholeheartedly, unreservedly, noticing our fellow human beings and reaching out a hand to help.

    May we all have a mindful, solemn, and yes, joyful Elul as we approach the New Year and the Days of Awe.

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