Looking around the chapel this morning at shaharit / the morning service, I noticed that ten of the eleven people present were wearing eyeglasses. A simple technology that has been in use for hundreds of years, glasses perform an amazing feat: they bring what is not clear into focus.
But now that we are in the month of Elul, and the Ten Days of Teshuvah / repentance (bookended by Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) are a mere three-and-a-half weeks away, the time has come to look back over the past year and consider which of our deeds, our words, and our thoughts were out-of-focus. Put on those Elul glasses! The time for teshuvah is rapidly approaching.
Rabbi Seth Adelson