א׳ באלול ה׳תשע״ג (August 7, 2013)
Hashem, is very close to us during month of Elul. He is out in the field, so to speak — read inside Just Jew It to find out more, and what this means for you, your family, and the world.
In every moment there is a portal through which we can connect to G-d. During the month of Elul the portal is wide open. G-d comes to us and invites us into His “palace.” He wants to be with us, and our sages stress that there is no more propitious time to come close to G-d than during the month of Elul.
Our preparations for the approaching new year begin during Elul, with introspection, planning, and a renewed commitment to Jewish life. In interview with piano composer, Sarah Dukes, we hear about the doubts and fears that Sarah overcame and the non-conventional systems she developed in order to “go public” with her compositions. We all have talents and skills to share, and Elul is the time to refocus and draw out our strengths by acknowledging that G-d gave them to us for a reason.
A purposeful mindset brings fulfilment. In the second of his five-part dating and marriage series recorded exclusively for Just Jew It, Rabbi Manis Friedman emphasizes that dating must be focused. Otherwise, he says, “it becomes debilitating and even destructive.” His wisdom will give you extraordinary clarity.
With the daily shofar blowing that begins in Elul, Rabbi Yaakov Astor describes how its sound brings out the Divine self in each of us, and draws us back to the Source of all creation.
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