During the High Holidays, we spend a lot of time immersed in prayer.
This article discusses three keys to enhancing our prayers. It also discusses hitbodedut, both the commonly practiced form as well as silent hitbodedut.
Dear Friends, Continuing the theme of introspection before the High Holidays, here is a choice between two articles. This one gives 8 strategies to help us strengthen our commitment to Judaism. It has been updated and now includes diagnostic questions.
Rosh Chodesh Elul begins Friday night, the 14th of August, and lasts for two days.
Elul is the time of year to take stock of our lives and prepare for the High Holidays. Most of us have at least one area in which we struggle; perhaps it is being ethical in business, being moral, being charitable and kind, refraining from hurting others, or some other area. Correcting our key flaw(s) is a main component of our life’s mission and why God put us in this world.
Pick one area on which to focus and choose a manageable change you will make on a daily or weekly basis; input this change into your checklist. If possible, speak to your rabbi or spiritual mentor for guidance. The focus on repentance continues into next month until after Yom Kippur.
Questions for the month:
“Which area do I struggle with, which I am motivated to address this Elul?”
“What is a manageable commitment I will make to repair this issue?
“Is it clear to me what area to focus on and how to repent, or, who can I speak to for guidance?”