During this month of Elul, you will receive a daily email that hopefully will serve as inspiration to continuing moving forward in holiness and growth as you approach the High Holidays. If for some reason you do not want to receive these emails, there is an "unsubscribe" button at the bottom. This email list is separate from our general Temple list. This effectively means that if you unsubscribe from these daily Elul messages, you will still receive Temple emails. That being said, I hope that you find these messages insightful and inspiring.
This year's compilation of Elul Thoughts are comprised of teachings from Rabbi Rachel G. Greengrass from Temple Beth Am in Miami, Florida, Rabbi Bradley G. Levenberg from Temple Sinai in Atlanta, Georgia, Rabbi Eric Linder from Congregation Children of Israel in Athens, Georgia, Rabbi Alan E. Litwak from Temple Sinai in North Miami Beach, Florida, Rabbi Daniel N. Treiser from Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater, Florida and Rabbi David N. Young from Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley, California. If you have missed any of these daily emails or want to go back and remember something from earlier in Elul, feel free to read them all at http://bit.ly/1eoiwXg.
Day 1 - Observant Jews
When the Jewish community talks about Jews being "observant," it usually means that they follow the mitzvot - those sacred obligations that define us as Jews. One of the rabbis that I studied with this summer made the following play on words: "Most American Jews are observant . . . all they do is observe, not participate."
The month of Elul is a time to reassess who we are and what we are doing. This can mean repairing our interpersonal relationships. We can use the month to evaluate our work situation. You can skip the December/January rush and not just make some new resolutions, but actually accomplish them. You can find deep meaning in living a Jewish life. The key to all of this is participation; not standing by the sidelines watching others do it.