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Friday August 28
Today is the eighth day of Elul!
Our second Shabbat of Elul is almost upon us!  Three weeks from today we will be making our final preparations for Rosh Hashanna.  Time is flying by...and that is exactly why we blow the shofar!  The Rambam says (Hilchot Teshuva 3:4): “Even though the sounding of the shofar on Rosh HaShanah is a decree, it contains an allusion. It is as if [the shofar's call] is saying:
Wake up you sleepy ones from your sleep and you who slumber, arise. Inspect your deeds, repent, remember your Creator. Those who forget the truth in the vanities of time and throughout the entire year, devote their energies to vanity and emptiness which will not benefit or save: Look to your souls. Improve your ways and your deeds and let every one of you abandon his evil path and thoughts.” Think about the week that has passed:  If time passed and you didn’t reach your goals, don’t despair...just keep trying!  If time has passed and you had no goals...then take a moment in the calm of this Shabbat to think about the week to come and how you might want to spend your precious time.

Fri, September 18 2020 29 Elul 5780