I try every year to Blog Elul with my colleague Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. What's the big deal about the month of Elul? Here is what we learn from Rabbi Phyllis:
The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with prayers of forgiveness, but I like to think of it as a whole-person preparation activity. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed.
This year Elul started when I was on vacation and when I got home from vacation I began immediately planning for Lakeside's Hebrew and Religious School and our Adult education program. Every day my blog got away from me. Now as we approach Rosh Hashanah and the end of Elul I may be late but I am ready to go. Today's topic is Create. Perfect.
I enjoy working on my blog and over the summer I did blog from OSRUI and I love to create blogs not just from camp but weekly during the school year. I am lucky that my job allows me to create in many different ways. I create new programs like this year's first day of school, Day of Awesome. I also enjoy creating iMovies which highlight different programs at Lakeside, camp and my family.
I look forward to a new year of creating in many different ways and modes. Creating keeps me motivated and keeps my job refreshed. This is my latest iMovie from the first day of Hebrew school and from my Kitah Aleph class. It's just a taste of what we do. Can't wait for the rest of the year!