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Welcome to Elul Meditations


Elul is the Hebrew month immediately preceding the Yamim Hanora'im, the Days of Awe. Elul has traditionally been a time for spiritual preparation.  A time to begin thinking about the themes and issues we address at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

I post an "Elul Meditation"  each day of Elul (except on Shabbat).  Some are longer, some are shorter.  Some are more traditional, some may be a bit unexpected.  None of these are original to me.  Rather, this is a collection of short readings I've curated over the years from a variety of sources.  I have included the citation of authorship in every possible case.

If you think you would enjoy reading an Elul Meditation each גשט (From Friday, August 21st through the eve of Rosh Hashanah, September 18th), just fill in the form below.  


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Pirka is offering a customized subscription to Elul Meditations for you to distribute to your own email list.  You will receive each day's meditation with your own logo as a .jpeg file ready to go.  For details, fill out the contact form below.

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Thank you. Shanah tovah!

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Elul Sundays: 4 Opportunities to meet and reflect

Join us for any or all of our four Elul learning sessions.  All sessions are scheduled for an hour (and if we go over a few minutes because the discussion is good, so be it!) beginning at 11:30 am eastern, 10:30 am central, 9:30 am mountain and 8:30 am pacific time.

For customized scheduling for groups contact amy@pirkalearning.net

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days of awe

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Some call these the "High Holidays" ... but "High" seems much less apt then the more traditional "Days of Awe." In this session we will explore the concept of "awe" from Abraham Joshua Heschel to Lily Tomlin!



Sunday, September 6, 2020

Jews are "the people of the book" ... words are our currency.  Yet we turn to the speechless shofar to express the ineffable.  Is the shofar meant to communicate to us or for us?

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Avinu Malkeinu

Sunday, August 30, 2020

One of our iconic terms to refer to God is "Avinu Malkeinu" ... our Father, our King.  How does this gendered language effect our relationship with God?  What is our image of the One to whom we direct our prayers during these Days of Awe?

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isaac bound

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Abraham, faithful servant of God, paradigm of loyalty, obedience, and moral courage...stands over his son wielding a knife, ready to sacrifice him at God's behest ... or does he?  And why do we read this on Rosh Hashanah?

Elul Sundays

Registration Information

All Elul Sundays sessions will be conducted on Zoom. A link will be sent to participants upon receipt of payment.

Payment may be made through PayPal or by check.

Registration for 1 session: $10

Registration for 2 sessions: $19.50

Registration for 3 sessions: $28.50

Registration for 4 sessions: $36

Registration is per device with no more than two people per device.

Payment arrangements will be made over email upon receipt of your registration information.

Registration for Elul Sundays

Please fill out your contact information here and then continue to register for the Elul Sunday session/s of your choice.


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