Rosh Chodesh Elul

This Shabbat we welcome the new moon and the new Hebrew month of Elul. Welcoming the new moon is a special tradition in Judaism and many cultures. The new moon is technically invisible and empty. It's seen as a symbol of potential, as an empty vessel with room for whatever is yet to come, making it an especially potent time for setting intentions for the days and weeks ahead. This is especially resonant this month with so many new beginnings happening. Many communities offer a special blessing to announce Rosh Chodesh (the new moon and head of the month) and to pray that the upcoming month will be one of peace, sustenance, healing, and joy. At the end of each new moon gathering I lead, I invite others to offer words of hope and blessing for the coming month.

This is also an auspicious time of year as we notice the change in weather and begin the transition from summer to fall in the Northern Hemisphere. We also enter a period of spiritual preparation before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In this way, the holiday, months and seasons are all connected. Elul is my favorite month, and I have always loved providing opportunities for meaningful, creative and accessible Jewish learning opportunities for preparing for the Jewish New Year. If you've been looking for a way to let go of the past and make room for the future, to acknowledge where you can grow and savor your achievements, or wish to set clear goals and intentions for yourself for the new year and beyond, then please join us.

Elul Writing Workshop on Tuesdays September 3, 10, and 17. Our three-part spiritual writing workshop.

Align: Art & Spirituality Workshop: Preparing for the Jewish New Year on Sunday September 22 and continues monthly.

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

Rabbi Sarah