Elul is a month given to us to reflect and prepare for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – The Yamim Noraim or Days of Awe. It is a month where we try to take account of our lives, so that we might make the most of this powerful time of renewal, regeneration, fresh starts and healing.
This year our daily Elul Thoughts are taken from ‘Terror, Trauma and Tragedy’, edited by Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain and Rabbi David Mitchell. Each is a short extract of a larger piece, but is designed to help us find meaning, comfort or perhaps more questions in the aftermath of horrific events, which have seemed all too frequent this year. The horror of such atrocities can leave us in confusion, depression and fear. As we move into a new year we hope these pieces might variously offer some solace, be a tool of self-reflection, and encourage us to continue working for a better world.
Elul Thoughts will be posted on the Reform Judaism website from Monday to Friday during Elul. You can also receive Elul Thoughts via email. To subscribe, please contact Reform Judaism’s Community Educator Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers.