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Jewels of Elul - Preparing for the Days of Awe

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Elul, the month preceding the High Holy Days, is traditionally set aside for reflection.  Jewels of Elul is a collection of stories, musings and anecdotes and features articles by a wide variety of profound dreamers on the theme of "The Art of Forgiving."    Join the growing community of inspired learners connected to this tremendous resource published by our teacher Craig TaubmanClick here for more information and to receive a daily Jewel!


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Rabbi Menachem Creditor
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Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm,
calling God out,
standing at the center of a whirlwind
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No cathedral is immune to agony,
no soul impervious to life itself no nation purely noble.
If it were any other way,
there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
To kneel is to call attention  to touch the Earth's face to listen to those  whose blood saturates  the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside  to step outside  to invite others to come closer  to remember.
To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
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God damn it.

That's what God wants most of all.

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