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Your First Step begins the Journey

The month of Elul is an essential beginning of the High Holiday season, and it begins this Friday evening. It provides each of us an opportunity—an entire moon cycle of days—to intentionally prepare ourselves for a new spiritual beginning. The birthday of humanity is approaching, and celebrates your specific and unique life journey.  It’s most [...]

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Moon Brings the Tune

In anticipation of Birkat HaChodesh on Saturday, this Blessing-of-the-New-Month-inspired tune fell into my consciousness. I was humming it all day as Av’s waning crescent hung in the sky. Its verses are very loosely based on the formal prayer, but really are just for fun!  Hum along to the tune of the infamous Abbey Road Beatles’ track, [...]

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Here Comes the Moon …

I’ve never much liked surprises. I don’t mind the rush of adrenaline that courses through my bloodstream after a sudden burst of surprise. But more, I enjoy the building of anticipation knowing something is going to soon happen. This week, excitement is eagerly building for the arrival of the “Sabbath of Blessing” (Shabbat Mevorchim). On [...]

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Elul’s Final Four

The final four days of Elul are a time of intensified forgiveness, compassion, and healing.  Between now and sunset on Wednesday, carve out time to breathe, feel within yourself, and act. The gates of compassion and forgiveness are beckoning. Be willing. Be brave. Walk through them. Forgiveness crawls along soul chambers yearning to find secret [...]

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The Shaken Snowflakes of Your Heart

Elul is like those water filled dome toys that fascinate all children.  Each time small hands shake the miniature vacation scenes within, floating snowflakes suddenly appear everywhere. During the Elul moon, it’s as if the Universe gently (or not!) shakes up the issues settled in our hearts. In these final weeks of Elul, open your [...]

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Forgiving Myself

The Elul moon is nearly at full illumination. Each evening, its incremental increase of light shines into my pumping heart. I wonder what I am holding onto and what I can let go of this year. Some ideas come rapidly. Others surface only once I’m certain that my judging critical self isn’t present. A central [...]

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Relationship Takes Work, but Is Rightfully Yours

Last night, the Elul moon set just beside the Coit Tower across the San Francisco Bay. I was driving home with my man, celebrating eight years of marriage, ten years of love, and an eternity of depth and connection. It was a glorious evening. Elul, already 29 percent full, was afire with the sun’s orange [...]

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Elul Primes the Heart

The moon of Elul is my favorite cycle of the year. It promises love and purity. And it does it in a way that isn’t light and fluffy, but actually has depth and staying power.  We all know that no relationship—especially one with yourself—is easy all of the time. But with the right tools and [...]

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