The month of September this year is perfectly aligned with the Hebrew month of Elul, which immediately precedes the High Holidays. Many of you have heard Rabbi Hersh's exhortation that the idea someone can show up on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for three days of services and leave radically transformed is absurd. True self-growth is a process and requires a meaningful attempt at turning inward and honestly examining oneself.
If you think back over your life, you will recognize this truth as valid. Exceedingly rare are those momentary flashes of revelation which leave you transformed in an instant. The normal course of human life is to change slowly through a process of recognizing what is not working in your life, discovering what you can do differently, and committing to actually doing the hard work of self-transformation.
It is with this awareness that our Jewish tradition encourages us to use the month of Elul for this process of self-discovery or, in Hebrew, Chesbon HaNefesh, an accounting of the soul. The idea is to delve inside of yourself throughout this month, exploring your truth and learning how you can change for the better. You are then able to enter into the High Holiday experience with a sense of motivation, awe and confidence that you can achieve meaningful and lasting change in you life.
True change takes work. Join Rabbi Hersh and uncover how you can move through this process of genuine self-improvement. Each Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Elul (September) this workshop will take place in the Weinberg chapel, during which you will discover how to make this year’s High Holiday experience the most transformative yet!