19 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Entering the Living Laboratory:  Ourselves and the World

If you wish to change your personality, study Torah and implement it in your daily living, and pray to God to remove your undesirable traits. You cannot do it by yourself. – Rabbi Yisroel Friedman (1796-1850)

19 Elul 5777 What do you remember about the commandments and the mitzvot?  Which ones are important to you?  How do they form your values?  And how do these values become your behaviors toward yourself, the world, others, and God?  Is there anything you would like to deepen or change?  Please document your thoughts and feelings.  

18 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Entering the Living Laboratory:  Ourselves and the World

If you wish to change your personality, study Torah and implement it in your daily living, and pray to God to remove your undesirable traits. You cannot do it by yourself. – Rabbi Yisroel Friedman (1796-1850)

18 Elul 5777 The world holds many communities.  We all live within systems like our families, our network of friends, our colleagues, our neighbors, and our fellow members of our congregation.  Practicing forgiveness and altruism, we can make many changes.  What would you like to improve and in which community?  Why do you feel this way?  What will be your plans and action steps?

17 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Entering the Living Laboratory:  Ourselves and the World

If you wish to change your personality, study Torah and implement it in your daily living, and pray to God to remove your undesirable traits. You cannot do it by yourself. – Rabbi Yisroel Friedman (1796-1850)

17 Elul 5777 Let’s focus on the actual physical world.  What in our environment needs our forgiveness and its consequences?  Can we deal better with our yards and gardens?  Do we need to cooperate better with our neighbors or colleagues?  Would you like to be more ecologically aware?  Let’s note in writing what we’d like to effect in the world around us.

16 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Entering the Living Laboratory:  Ourselves and the World

If you wish to change your personality, study Torah and implement it in your daily living, and pray to God to remove your undesirable traits. You cannot do it by yourself. – Rabbi Yisroel Friedman (1796-1850)

16 Elul 5777 Today, we’ll begin by breathing deeply for several minutes as we practiced at the beginning of the month.  Can we envision ourselves and our awareness as a stream of beautiful silver light?  Let’s  remember that nearly all Jewish special occasions begin with light as the symbol of the Divine (represented by lighting candles).  Can we project our light over the entire planet, the land and the sea, the mountains and the plain, the cities and the countryside?  Now let’s focus our lives on what you feel is the harshest part of the earth.  You may choose a country, a situation, a disaster, a person’s constricted heart, or anything you feel is needy of your light.  Let’s pour our light down on this place as we breathe deeply for a few minutes.  Then record what has happened in you and in your world.

15 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Entering the Living Laboratory:  Ourselves and the World

If you wish to change your personality, study Torah and implement it in your daily living, and pray to God to remove your undesirable traits. You cannot do it by yourself. – Rabbi Yisroel Friedman (1796-1850)

15 Elul 5777 Let’s move our awareness into the world.  The world is as we see it.  What do you bring to your vision of the world around you?  What attitudes in you make the world a better, more hospitable place?  What attitudes in you limit your place in the world?  Can you forgive yourself and choose a larger, more compassionate viewpoint?  Don’t forget to write.  

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