The Jewish month of Elul, the month that precedes the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), began last Friday. Elul is a time of spiritual preparation for the High Holidays and a chance to begin the process of forgiveness (asking for, as well as accepting from others). If you’re looking to prepare, or simply looking for some inspirational words of wisdom, check out this new anthology called Jewels of Elul, which offers an insight for each of the 29 days of Elul. The book is available (for free!), or you can go to their website to read the day’s insight. The collection will certainly appeal to a diverse crowd including unaffiliated and intermarried populations, given a list of contributors that includes Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, and bodybuilder-turned governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Julie Seltzer | August 29, 2006 |