#BlogElul 5776 #ElulGram – Elul 8: Hear


photo: Shema Israel – Ecoute, Israel – the first two words of the centerpiece Jewish prayer, day and night, and until the last moment to bear witness of the unicity of God

September 11th ~ In the rising of the sun and its going down,
We Remember Them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We Remember Them.

In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring.
We Remember Them.

In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
We Remember Them.

In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn.
We Remember Them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We Remember Them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We Remember Them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We Remember Them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We Remember Them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us.

~ Roland B. Gittelsohn, adapted

This year was a hot and beautiful day, unlike the crisp and bright perfect day that had started fifteen years ago, to evolve in a day that changed the century in the entire world for ever. We can remember each year in a similar way, and we can add remembrances and other memories that start to cling to the date, and we can hear the names, read one by one, of those lost on that fatal day, and some portraits be drawn by the loved ones who give flesh and tears to the name that they honoring publicly on that day.

The ceremony is slow and emotional. At the times the planes hit each tower, then at the times each tower collapses, we hear a bell, a gentle ringing, nothing stirring, not the sound of a shofar, just a delicate bell, and still, we wake up a conscious thought to stand and reflect on the beauty of life, the hopes and the yearning for peace.

At the end of the ceremony, officers play Taps as to send us back to life, always, to go back to doing the best we can to remember to be at peace with our loved ones and to be listening so that we can hear what the other is yearning for, which is never very different from what we are yearning for ourselves.


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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