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Elul 19: Anger

by Hillel News |Sep 03, 2015|Comments

First Blast: Text

אַל תַּט-בְּאַף עַבְדֶּךָ

Do not turn Your servant away with anger.


Second Blast: Commentary

The word here for anger, אַף (af), also means nose. One of the attributes of God mentioned in many places in the Bible and incorporated into the High Holiday prayers is אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם (erech apayim), which literally means long-nosed but idiomatically means slow to anger. Often, the nose of an angry person indicates his or her anger. Likewise, people should strive to control their anger, as it says in Proverbs 14:17, “Slowness to anger results in much understanding.”


Third Blast: Practice

When you feel angry or frustrated today, close your eyes and spend some time noticing your breath coming in and out of your nose. Imagine that your nose is large enough to blow out all of the frustration and anger that you feel.


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  • Elul
  • Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience
  • 2015

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