Wednesday begins the month of Elul, the month preceding the New Year.  It means that change is calling us.  It means that the tough question we have put off so long must now be addressed, if we wish to live authentic lives.  Here is the question: what will you change in your life?  What about your self should be improved? To be alive means to keep growing.  Standing still is not an option.  The only issue is if we change with mindfulness or with obliviousness.

Imagine as Elul begins that the doors of change have swung open.  Choose one thing you wish to change: don’t take on too much work.  This change is not easy.  Make it manageable and make it count.  Do you want to change a relationship?  Do you want to find a soul mate?

Many of us will want to change a psychological pattern that we often find ourselves stuck in time and again.  Perhaps we want to change our job, where we live, or our position at work.

Whatever we wish to change – Elul is the time for it.

In addition to our own personal work, Temple Sholom is offering a view into how the High Holy Day prayer book, the machzor, can help us with our journey.  Please join me on August 27, at 7 p.m.  at the temple for a presentation that will enrich your experience on the Days of Awe.


Rabbi Edwin Goldberg


Rabbi Edwin Goldberg is the senior rabbi of Temple Sholom of Chicago, coordinating editor of the forthcoming CCAR Machzor, and the author of five books including, Saying No and Letting Go: Jewish Wisdom on Making Room for What Matters Most and Love Tales from the Talmud .