#BlogElul 5776 #ElulGram – Elul 12: Forgive

Photo: book cover of Yona - the Artscroll Collection
Photo: book cover of Yona – the Artscroll Collection

Ah! today’s theme is the dreaded one. Because the whole time of the year will lead to the topic of forgiveness. And because it is a work in progress, all the time.

Because of the necessity to work hard on devoting time and energy to forgiveness and starting with oneself when we need to release the belief we know it all and can do it all alone!

This is why we pray in community. This is why we need each others. There are so many levels of emotional energies and they all affect our physical existence each day, our bodies being impacted by our emotions while we are not paying attention.

It is strange to notice how relationships can trigger upset in ourselves and this is what is at stake when we say we seek forgiveness: to release that level of upset so that the energy it creates stops making havoc around us and within us. When we come all together to acknowledge those triggers, we become stronger to bear the weight of that energy, and we become more able to let it go.

The story of Jonah, that we read in its entirety in the afternoon of Yom Kippur, is like the story of our life: our soul travels and our body is the ship that helps the soul accomplish the journey. And during the journey, storms arise and the captain of the ship goes to great length to figure out why the soul would stay asleep rather than taking responsibility and demands that it answers the question: “what are you doing? ” meaning “what are you doing with your life?”

Hiding from the storms of life may be tempting, but it simply does not work to calm them. Something has to go.


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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