A curious thing happened to me a few nights ago. I was re-installing some software on my computer, and my media player program suddenly decided that we were back in 2010. After syncing (I know, that looks funny; do you prefer "synching"?) my mp3 device, I noticed that all of the podcasts were two years old. I had what you might call an "Elul moment": Where am I? What year is this? Am I the same person I was two years ago? Have I been replaying the same material for all of this time?
We grow incrementally, such that we often do not notice the ways in which we have changed. But that is what the month of Elul is for -- reflection, evaluation, inventory. How have you changed since last Elul? Is it for the better? If not, what can you do about it?
Rabbi Seth Adelson