I hope you are all doing well. We are halfway through Elul and only a few weeks away from the High Holy Days. The High Holy Days are a 3 week (22 days) period starting with Rosh haShannah (which can be translated as the beginning of change) and is a time of change. The weather is starting to feel cooler. The days are noticeably shorter. The leaves are beginning to change. It is the time to plant who you want to be, and what you want to be doing at this time next year. We start the change on Rosh haShannah.
Actually we start preparing during the month we are in: Elul. When I was in Jerusalem, I would always hear during this month that the king, who is normally not accessible in his castle, during Elul, is in the fields with us. The king is a metaphor for god. In other words, this is the best time to sit down and have a talk with god. what do you want and what does god want and how can god help you get to where you are going?
When you have that figured out, you can look and see what you need to change in your life to get there. On Yom Kippor, you will have the chance to ask god to help you with those changes.
But don't think that the High Holy Days end there. No, the continue with Succot, a week long festival that we are required to be happy - if we aren't, we have not fulfilled the mitzvah!
Want to know more about this 3 week period that has more holy days than mundane days? I am leading a series of workshops to help understand and work with these holy days. It will be happening over the next 4 Thursdays starting at 7 or 7:30pm (depending on when people can get to my house). Give me a call at 541-514-2571 if you are interested. The cost is $15.
Other classes and events coming up...
TBI has invited me to teach my Shma meditation class on Thurs Oct 25 from 7pm-8:30. TBI has not told me how much the classes will cost.
I also plan on starting a class on kabballah in October. It will be based on the book by Aryeh Kaplan: Inner Space. I might do this online. Let me know if you would prefer it that way.
And this Sunday, Sep 9, from 4-6pm, we will be having a kosher wine and cheese tasting at Market of Choice on Willamette and 29th. The perfect time to try some good kosher wines before you buy them to drink on Rosh haShannah and Succot.
Well, that is about it for the moment. I look forward to hearing/seeing you soon. Many blessings,