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August 27, 2014 / Rabbi Laura

Elul 1: DO – Taking the #elulmitzvahchallenge

Today marks the first day of the month of Elul, the last month in the Jewish year.  Along with many others, I am going to participate in #BlogElul, and effort to blog each day on a theme related to this month in which we spiritually, emotionally and actively prepare for the coming High Holy Day season.  Each day has a theme.

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On this first day of Elul, the theme is “DO”.  It must not be a coincidence that Rabbi Elizabeth Wood nominated me to participate in the #elulmitzvahchallenge, an effort created by Rabbi Danny Burkeman at The Community Synagogue, to get people to spend this month not only thinking about our Jewish lives, but actually LIVING our lives Jewishly.  As Pirke Avot (The Ethics of the Fathers) teaches, mitzvah goreret mitzvah, the doing of one mitzvah leads to another.

So, on this first day of Elul, I invite all of you to consider how do you DO JEWISH?  What do you DO each day that says, “I do this because I am a Jew.”

Here is what I did today…  What did you do?

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