Elul, the month before the Jewish New Year is a time to embrace ourselves with all the intimacy and curiosity that a favorite uncle or beloved aunt would show us. The Tanya (R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi) teaches that the archetype that rules this month is the loving Divine Parent who enters the field of our lives to listen closely to our trials and the wounds we have incurred—to suffer with us and help us heal beyond them.
What has this past year brought to your door?
The first week of Elul is a fruitful time to review and assess.
Consider journaling or discussing the following with a trusted friend:
·What characterized this past year's landscape?
·What were three highlights/lowlights that shaped your year?
·In meeting this year's challenges, what worked for you? what did not work?
The Hassidic Masters teach that this new moon brings us an extra boost of spiritual energy to clear the decks of our hearts, break up old patterns, and release hidden moats of self-loathing and judgment, all which stop up the works of becoming divine agents of blessing and transformation for our ailing world.
Rabbi Nachman of Bratislov said: If we have the ability to mess up, then we surely have the ability to repair!
Thank you in joining me in this work of preparing for Rosh Hashana!
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Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, is an author, Jungian therapist, and the founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. She was ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi in 1992 and is a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement. She served as Co-Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights, North America (now known as T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.) Widely known for her work on Jewish feminism and the modern applications of Jewish mystical wisdom, Firestone teaches nationally on Jewish ancestral healing and the common boundary between ancient Jewish spirituality and modern psychology. Her most recent book is"Wounds Into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma." For more about Rabbi Firestone, go to www.tirzahfirestone.com
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