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August 31, 2014 / Rabbi Laura

What do you know to be true?

What do you KNOW to be true?

That’s a question easier asked than answered.

Here is what I know to be true today:

1. I am blessed to have a family that unconditionally loves me.

2. There is a lot of hatred, fear and stupidity in the world.

3. We each can and do make a difference.

What do you know to be true?



In thinking about today’s post, I came across Sarah Kay’s TED Talk on this topic. (Its worth the 18 minutes!) Sarah helps us see that just because we know something doesn’t mean we understand it. She uses spoken word poetry and storytelling to unpack and find understanding.

What is your process for understanding that truth this, while knowing it as true, can also be confusing or complex?


The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with the Selichot, the prayers of forgiveness. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I’ll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation… #blogElul

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