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14 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Moving Outward:  Ourselves and Others

"It is cruel not to forgive one who begs for forgiveness." -- Rashi

14 Elul 5777 Sometimes we just receive a favor from God.  It may be an insight, a change in ourselves or in our daily lives.  It is a sudden opening that makes the sky bluer, the day better, the world kinder.  We call this grace, chein in Hebrew.  Can you recall and document experiences of God’s unearned love in your life?  How have these experiences changed you?  How do you feel about these experiences and what they have given you?

13 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Moving Outward:  Ourselves and Others

"It is cruel not to forgive one who begs for forgiveness." -- Rashi

13 Elul 5777 Our devotions have also taught us about God’s love.  What have you learned about God’s love for you, for others, for the world?  How has this learning deepened your relationship and understanding of God?  What feelings can you find in yourself?  How will these developments change you inwardly and outwardly?  Don’t be afraid to share these perceptions with your notebook.

12 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Moving Outward:  Ourselves and Others

"It is cruel not to forgive one who begs for forgiveness." -- Rashi

12 Elul 5777 As we have been doing our inner and outer work, have we noticed our need for God?  Let’s spend some time breathing and contemplating our need for God and writing down what we have learned.

11 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Moving Outward:  Ourselves and Others

"It is cruel not to forgive one who begs for forgiveness." -- Rashi

11 Elul 5777 One night, Rabbi Israel Salanter was walking home, past the home of a shoemaker. Despite it being very late, he observed the shoemaker was still busy, working by the light of a single candle. “Why are you still working?” Rabbi Salanter asked him. “It is very late and soon the candle will go out.”

The shoemaker replied “As long as the candle is still burning it is still possible to accomplish and to mend shoes.” In his wisdom, Rabbi Salanter realized this message is true for all of us. It’s never too late to change.

How does this story relate to you and your life?  What has it inspired you to do?

10 Elul 5777 - Project Elul

Moving Outward:  Ourselves and Others

"It is cruel not to forgive one who begs for forgiveness." -- Rashi

10 Elul 5777 We often have to work on forgiving and making amends to people with whom we really cannot work anything out.  Sometimes a person is closed to the world and cannot grow, so we move away from that individual.  Sometimes, the person is unavailable through distance, death, or a health condition.  Often such people do not want to hear from us.  

Let’s write down a list of such persons.  Can we visualize each person?  As we see the image of that person, let’s repeat the phrase from the Siddur, “Grant us peace, Thy most precious gift,” over and over again.  Let’s support the words said inwardly with deep, long breaths.  

Again let’s write down our discoveries.  

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