Elul is nearly upon us!
This time is traditionally associated with the phrase haMelech basadeh/the King is in the field. In the metaphor where God is Ruler—seated on a throne—this is an unusual place for God to be: in the field, accessible, nonhierarchical. To those of us for whom that metaphor doesn’t work, maybe one of Krista Tippett’s favorite phrases, the Celtic image of a “thin veil” between our world and the Mysteries of Divinity, is more evocative.
Elul is a time when we have the opportunity to touch into that deepest part of ourselves and do a chesbon hanefesh/spiritual self-reckoning. A spiritually connected experience of the High Holy Days depends on some of this heavy soul-lifting during Elul. Here are some resources to help you in this journey:
Hadar’s Pre-High Holidays lecture series. We’re so happy to once again be co-sponsoring! This year, the three-class series will focus on teshuvah and what our tradition can teach us about moving forward into a new year. Sept. 4, 11, & 17, from 7 to 9 pm.
Institute for Jewish Spirituality online Elul meditation intensive. Join IJS on a month-long journey through Elul, exploring how to discover and strengthen—through the practice of Jewish mindfulness meditation—a true inner refuge to help weather life’s storms. Includes weekly video teachings, guided audio meditation, and live sits; daily emails; and other support resources.
Embodying Elul online course. Join Kohenet Aliza Rivka for a four-session online journey toward the High Holy Days.
Daily writing/contemplation prompts for Elul. Receive a daily nugget of Elul wisdom from Tuft’s Rabbi Jordan Braunig, delivered to your inbox to inspire your independent teshuvah journey.
Asiyah’s Elul playlist on Spotify. Cuz a little music can never hurt ;)