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Elul’s Final Four

Written By: Jueli Garfinkle - Sep• 23•11

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 doors, cracks, rusted locks,
access to outer worlds.

Whisper, cry, moan, plea, write.

ancient combination:
Thirteen attributes of mercy
break open the dawn,
shed light and warmth,
compassion and healing

Even the darkest, dank,
shriveled, frightened
out-of-my-mind recesses
that only I—and God—know
ever existed,
still exist.

Before and after transgression,
with bowed head &
longing heart.
Brave encounters
lead to dissolution
—sometimes resolution—
assured forgiveness,
and peace.

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