The month of Elul is one of the most important in the Jewish calendar. The last month of the Jewish year, it is the preamble to the coming High Holy Days – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. It is a special time of repentance and reflection.
As Jews head toward the Days of Awe – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – we think a lot about spirituality. According to Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), “depression and anxiety is the cry of your soul.” When our souls are hungry they express that lack through anxiety.
It was announced last night that Leonard Cohen, the Jewish singer/songwriter who explored Jewish themes in modern lyrical terms throughout a career that spanned five decades, passed away on Monday at the age of 82.
Though the Temple was not built this year, many significant events have brought us closer than ever before to its prophesied rebuilding, and all over the world, Jews are praying that next year, the Yom Kippur service will take place in the Third Temple!