Friday, September 2, 2016

Introduction - Elul Tools 2016

Elul 5776

Hello and Welcome - Shalom and Bruchim Ha’Baim!

Elul Tools is a Daily Guide, a hit of inspiration, and a gentle nudge for some earnest soul searching each day of Elul. This is the fifth year I have both used and shared Elul Tools. Every day of Elul, I will share a post with a specific theme to guide the process of Chesbon HaNefesh (accounting of the soul). There is a natural progression built into the design of Elul Tools, so setting aside 10-15 minutes each day allows you to dig a little bit deeper as you prepare for the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays). Yet each daily post can stand alone and be gleaned for some nugget of inspiration and introspection. 

What's Incuded:

Every day of Elul, with the exception of Shabbat, we are urged to listen to the compelling call of the Shofar. This is our signal to Wake Up!  As such, each daily post of Elul Tools (not Shabbat) includes a link to an authentic series of Shofar blasts (shout out to Chaim Rappaport for the shofar playing).  START WITH THIS to set the tone for your reading and reflection.           

Each post includes an Elul oriented Haiku to introduce the Elul Tool of the day and capture the essence of the themes of this month. If you don't have time to read the whole post (or just prefer fewer words) you can still benefit with as little as 17 syllables of Jewish poetry! 

Psalm 27
It is customary to read Psalm 27 each day of Elul. With each post of Elul Tools, there will be a link to this Psalm for easy access. If you have not yet incorporated this daily reading into your Elul practice, maybe this is the year to begin!

Starting on 4 Elul (the fourth day) the Junior Tool Box is introduced. This part of the blog is full of Elul oriented activities for children and families. 

THIS YEAR: The first day of Elul begins at sundown on Saturday, September 3rd. The first issue of Elul Tools, 2016 will be posted after sundown on Saturday, September 3rd. A different post will be added each day of Elul until we arrive at Rosh Hashanah, the head of the year. 

I look forward to sharing this special time of year with you. Are you ready to dig in?  Look for the first post of Elul Tools this coming Saturday night!

                Shanah Tovah!  

               Here’s to a meaningful Holiday Season! 

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