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Elul Meditation: Even Mother and Father

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. Perhaps the most poignant verse in Psalm 27 is vs. 10. It is odd in its surrounding of petitions. Is it an … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Gaze, To Contemplate

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. There are two reasons David gives for his desire to have ready access to dwell in the sanctuary (Tabernacle, later the Temple): … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: To Dwell

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. David seeks one thing: ???? ???? otah avakesh, this I would seek. The one thing is to dwell, to dwell in the … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: One Thing

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul and to the end of Sukkot. ??? ????? ??? ?? Achat sha’alti mei-et Adonai One thing I have asked from Adonai David implies that of all the things … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: Rescue and Shelter

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first section of Psalm 27 is about rescue (vss. 1-3) and the second about shelter (vss. 4-6). Not everyone divides the Psalm the same way. John Goldingay, … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: In This I Trust

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. Psalm 27:3 is a statement missing its reference. David says “in this I will trust,” but what is the this? ???? ??? ???? B’zot ani botei’ach In this … Continue reading

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High Holidays 101: Elul and Its Meaning

Throughout Elul and into the Days of Awe (Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur) and Sukkot (Tabernacles), I will be posting information and inspiration for a wide audience. Because there are so many Bible readers and fans in this great big … Continue reading

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Elul Meditation: My Light

Psalm 27 is read morning and evening throughout this month of Elul. The first phrase says, “The Lord is my light.” Nowhere else is God referred to as “my light.” What can we say about it? The blessing of the … Continue reading

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Elul: The Month of Teshuvah

Elul, the month on the Jewish calendar that precedes Rosh HaShanah, begins tonight at sundown. Rosh Chodesh Elul (the new moon of Elul) is a spiritually significant time. It is the beginning of a long period of introspection, increased fervor, … Continue reading

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The Shofar in Elul and on Rosh HaShanah

Saadiah Gaon was a 10th century scholar in Babylon (born in Egypt) who pioneered writing in Judeo-Arabic and whose rulings became very important in the chain of Jewish tradition. In examining the tradition of blowing the shofar (ram

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