The month of Elul is intended as a mirror- it’s the time for us to reflect on ourselves and take personal inventory in preparation for the New Year. This is something we know all about in recovery at Beit T’Shuvah. In fact, it’s the fourth step. Elul is the opportunity to revisit the fourth step each year, remembering that we are always in a process of reinvention. It’s critical to know, however, that while we have to see what repairs we have to make for “missing the mark” in the past year, it is imperative that we also see what we have done well– what “jewels” we have brought to the world this year.
Jewels of Elul VII, a creation of Craig Taubman, fills us with the light of others so that we can see the light we bring as well. This month, look at yourself, do your own Cheshbon HaNefesh, ‘take your inventory of the soul,’ and rejoice in the light of others as well as the light you bring. May we all dedicate ourselves to bringing more light to others, the world and ourselves.
Shana Tova, Rabbi Mark