32 Life Lessons for the Hebrew Month of Elul

Elul is the month in the Jewish year when we prepare for the High Holy Days by taking stock of our lives. Rabbi John Rosove posted this list on his blog and it’s so good, I want to share it with you.

Time is passing – it’s less than a month to Rosh Hashanah! This year it begins at sundown on Sept 20. How are you preparing for the Days of Awe?

 

 

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Soren Kierkegaard said: “It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”

Though we’re always living forward, the life lessons we learn help to shape our future. Since this is now the season of self-examination (hence, the photo of “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin, Paris) in Elul which begins this year on Wednesday evening, leading to Rosh Hashanah, I offer you a list of 32 life lessons I’ve learned in my nearly 68 years – there are others, but the number 32 is a significant one in Jewish mystical tradition. It equals the 22 letters of the Hebrew aleph bet plus the 10 “words” of the covenant, and it’s the number equivalent for the Hebrew word lev (lamed – beit), heart, which the mystics teach are the number of pathways to God.

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Turning Mourning into Meaning in the Post-Election Period

We Jews and all peoples of faith and moral purpose need to put one foot in front of the other and not get lost, to perform deeds of loving-kindness constantly, to pursue justice and peace unrelentingly, to be agents of hope always, and to be an “or la-goyim – a light unto the nations.” – Rabbi John Rosove

Regular readers know that periodically I repost entries from Rabbi John Rosove’s blog. He’s one of the rabbis I read regularly and trust. This sermon for Temple Israel of Hollywood spoke straight to my heart.

I hope that it gives you the comfort that it gave me.

L’shalom, Rabbi Ruth Adar

 

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The  following is a sermon I delivered to my congregation this past Friday night, November 11, 2016, after the shock of the Trump electoral victory.

The impact of this now concluded presidential campaign and the election results have shocked not only this country but the world. One either has been lifted up upon wings of eagles or plunged into despair like Jonah in the belly of the great fish.

I don’t presume to know the hearts and minds of every member of our community. I know only my own mind and heart, and it’s from there that I speak to you tonight.

I hope my words will reflect the thoughts of many, and if they do – good! If not, it can’t be helped.

My challenge this week, like yours, has been to cope with an election result that has caused me deep distress and anxiety, and then to find…

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Anti-Zionism / Anti-Semitism

 

Rabbi John Rosove is a distinguished rabbi in Southern California. While I do not have the pleasure of knowing him personally, I am a longtime reader of his blog and I regard him as a senior rabbi from whom I learn, all the time. This week he posted this piece about anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. It is so well-written, so clear that I know I cannot possibly explain the issues any better, so I’d like to share it with you.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Ruth Adar

This past week I heard a young UCLA alumna say on a radio talk-show (KPFK FM) that it is not anti-Semitism when she said that the State of Israel has no right to exist. The program was addressing the run-up to the upcoming decision of the UC Board of Regents related to the debate on […]

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