#BlogElul 5776 #ElulGram – Elul 6: Believe

I brought these cacti home today.

It had been an emotional morning, and it felt like I was not the only one to sense it. It may be the news, it may be the weather, it may be the time of the year, it may be the arrival of the anniversary of 9/11. It may be all combined or just one of these. I found people on edge, I felt tight nerves. It felt right to bring cacti at home.

They are resilient.

They remind me of self-care.

They remind me of my core belief in beauty even in the midst of hardship.

It tells me all the stories of the wilderness, where you stand alone with your anxieties and the awe at nature and silence.

I studied Psalm 27 today. Another of the psalms that we repeat daily during the month of Elul. When ten times in the short poem we mention enemies and ten times we ask for help and ten times an action can be taken. And always it resolves in the strong belief that Adonai will take us up from the depth of the anxiety.

And now Shabbat will be here soon with its delights. Shabbat shalom!


This year, I have committed to a daily blog in English to participate in @imabima’s project of Elul. I will dedicate my endeavor for the רפואה שלמה complete healing of   מרדכי אלעזר בן חנה מרים (Mordechai ben Chanah).

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French blogger in the US writes on cultural differences, disabilities, religion, social media and politics.

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