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Elul 13: And Now

by Hillel News |Aug 28, 2015|Comments

First Blast: Text

וְעַתָּה יָרוּם רֹאשִׁי עַל אֹיְבַי סְבִיבוֹתַי

And now, my head will be raised over my enemies around me

 

Second Blast: Commentary

“And now”-what? Ibn Ezra, a medieval commentator, suggests that now that the speaker is protected from his earthly enemies, his “head” can ascend to a heightened spiritual state that he calls, borrowing from Psalm 91, the seter elyon, the supernal seclusion. “And now” indicates a shift from the previous state of danger to a state of security and a turn toward spiritual concerns. 

 

Third Blast: Practice

Many Jews this time of year make a mental “after the holidays” to-do list for the moment they can say “and now” that the holidays are done, I can focus on this. This time of year indeed presents many demands on our time, as the Jewish and school years begin. Take a moment to write down a personal and/or professional “And Now” list of things you hope to work on after the holidays. Be sure to return to it a month and a half from now when Sukkot is over!

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  • Elul
  • Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience
  • 2015




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