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Elul 24: Uprightness

by Hillel News |Sep 08, 2015|Comments

First Blast: Text

וּנְחֵנִי בְּאֹרַח מִישׁוֹר לְמַעַן שׁוֹרְרָי

Lead me in the upright path because of those who lie in wait for me.


Second Blast: Commentary

The speaker here asks to be led through a path of integrity and honesty. Likewise, the prophet Isaiah teaches, “He who walks in righteousness and speaks uprightly…Such a one shall dwell in lofty security” (33:15-16).


Third Blast: Practice

The root of the word for uprightness is the same as the word for straight. Lie down on the floor and make your body as straight as possible: feet stretching out and arms above the head, forming a straight line. Then say or chant the words אוֹר זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק וּלְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב שִׂמְחָה (or zarua latzadik ulyishrei lev simha) “Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright of heart.” (This line also appears before the Kol Nidrei prayer on Yom Kippur in many communities.) As you straighten out physically, imagine what else in your life requires straightening during these holidays.


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  • Elul
  • Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience
  • 2015

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