Tonight is the New Moon of Elul, the month that precedes Rosh Hashanah. Elul calls us to prepare our hearts for the New Year. This weekend I am leading an LSI workshop on teshuvah, repentance and return, here at the WJC. I wanted to share with you some thoughts on this month of Elul, words I originally shared in 2003.
Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov (a good month),
The Month of Elul: Calling Us Back to Love
Ani l’dodi v’dodi li—
I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. Song of Songs 6:3
About a month ago, I performed a wedding, as a last-minute replacement for a colleague who had unfortunately taken ill. The groom is a cousin of mine, and so without hesitation I flew out to Cleveland to officiate.