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Full Moon of Elul

Happy full moon of Elul and harvest moon (the full moon closest to the fall equinox)!

Because the new moon signals the start of each Hebrew month, the full moon signals that we are halfway through the month. Being halfway through the month of Elul means that Rosh Hashanah is only two weeks away! Since the new moon is often a time of setting intentions, the full moon is a time to check in with those hopes or goals we had for the month and to see if we are on track. The brightness of the full moon can illuminate and strengthen our wishes for the month. For me, this month of Elul and the month of September has been incredibly busy. Probably the busiest month of year. And so this full moon of Elul is a reminder to me that we're turning and getting closer. It's time to pause and check in with my own personal spiritual intentions for preparing for Rosh Hashanah. It's an opportunity to take a look at my calendar for the next two weeks and make sure I have carved out the time not only for my preparations for leading high holidays but my own inner work as well.

If you're local to Washington, DC and are looking for a creative way to do some reflection and meaningful rituals to prepare for Rosh Hashanah, be sure to join us for our next workshop Align: Art & Spirituality Workshop: Preparing for the Jewish New Year on Sunday September 22, 2019 3-5pm. There is still time to sign up for the full year of the Align series which continues monthly at the Center for Mindful Living in Tenleytown!

If you're still looking for High Holiday services, check out the New Synagogue Project in Washington, DC. I will be leading the family services again this year and it's going to be so much fun! Main services will be led by NSP rabbi and founder (and my friend from rabbinical school) Rabbi Joseph Berman. Click here for info!

Also starting this month is WellBodies, a course in Embodied Judaism at the Adas Israel Community Mikvah which I am thrilled to be helping with. More information below.

Blessings for Elul, a month of reflection and spiritual preparation as we turn towards the Jewish New Year,

Rabbi Sarah