The Hebrew month of Elul, which begins this year at sundown Tuesday August 14, is known as the “Days of Awe.” These 29 days leading up to the Jewish New Year are meant to serve as a month of spiritual growth and contemplation. Traditionally, every morning of the month, the shofar is blown, to awaken our minds, bodies, and souls, in order to prepare for what many consider to be the holiest days of the year.
Craig Taubman, the Los Angeles-based Jewish singer/songwriter/producer, found meaning out of this month through “Jewels of Elul.” In its third year, Jewels of Elul III offers daily meditations for the month of Elul from a wide spectrum of sources.
From worldly sources of thought and spirituality, like Deepak Chopra and the Dalai Lama, to Jews of different ideology and observance, like Kirk Douglas and Matisyahu, Craig Taubman brings all these individuals together in order to show that we can all find meaning through self-reflection. The diversity of voices presented by Jewels of Elul III suggests that there are many different entryways into finding meaning and inspiration for the New Year.