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Today’s response is going to be another short one! I love this quote, and think it is something good to start thinking about as we approach Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur! An early Shavua Tov to everyone!
"There are two primary choices in life: To accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." -Denis Waitley
My last two #BlogElul posts have been pretty long, so in honor of Shabbat I decided to make this one short, simple and to the point! Elul 3: Bless. One is supposed to say one hundred brachot (blessings) a day! Why not start with Shabbat? There is always time to count one’s blessings and enjoy all of G-d’s creation! Plus, you can’t beat a little rest, relaxation and reflection! Shabbat Shalom!
Today’s theme for the #BlogElul challenge is Act. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I could use for act, but nothing really came to me until about 5:30 this morning! It was late, and I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. One of the spells they use in the books and movies, the killing curse, is Avada Kedavra. Sitting there, watching the Room of Requirement scene, it hit me. Abracadbra! It is most often associated with magic tricks and pulling a bunny out of a hat, but in its truer, Aramaic form, it holds entirely different meaning. It means something along the lines of “I create as I speak.” It is a beautiful concept! We create what we speak. We use “magic” every time we verbalize the things we want and need in our lives. When we say things aloud, we set a goal for our self. We plant the seed of change in our mind. It is our thoughts that ultimately change the course of our lives. Thoughts turn into ideas, ideas turn into actions and before we know it, we are closer to whatever it is we are looking to be closer to. Yet, as the spell in Harry Potter denotes, we can also “kill” our own success, our own advancement, our ability to do good for the world. When we become content in our actions, indifferent in what our future holds, not only for ourselves, but for the world around us and everything in it, it is then that we have truly created a problem for ourselves and all humanity. Going into this new year, I hope that I will be able to verbalize my thoughts and be able to turn them into actions. There are a lot of things I want to change this year. A lot of ideas I want to act on. I want to be closer to G-d and the religion that I hold so dear. I want to help others. I want to get healthier. I want to be a better brother! I want to volunteer my time, whether it be gleaning tomatoes and apples for the hungry, or helping out at the animal shelter. Working at the soup kitchen downtown, or picking up trash down I-85! I want to better myself, and the world around me, everyday! Going into this new year, I want to create as I speak. Abracadabra!
Chodesh Tov! Today is the first day of the month of Elul and the first day for the #BlogElul challenge! I say challenge, because some of these are going to take a lot of thought, as they should, it’s Elul!
Elul 1: Do. Every year, as we get closer to the High Holy Days, my Rabbi talks about the act of god-ing, and uses the term god as a verb. We spend our time during Elul, and the High Holy Days treating our soul like a stone. It is covered with the muck of the last year, and it is now that we polish that stone. We cleanse the soul and earn our place in the Book of Life as we prepare for a new year! What better way to prepare for a new year than to act in a way that is not only pleasing to G-d, but god like? “God’s presence is everywhere, including one’s own consciousness.” Now, we just need to learn to accept it, understand it, use it and DO IT! I happened to be in the most awesome used bookstore in the area, the other day, and found the book “G-d is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism” by Rabbi David A. Cooper, and couldn’t think of a better way to spend my next two days off! Here we go!