Journal Jots for ELUL – Keep Climbing!

Every person has both a body and a soul,” said the Rebbe. “It is like a bird and its wings. Imagine if a bird were unaware that its wings enabled it to fly, they would only add an extra burden of weight. But once it flaps its wings, it lifts itself skyward.

We all have wings – our souls – All we have to do is learn to use them.

 

~Rebbe Menachem Schneerson

JOURNAL JOTS – ELUL

Journal Jots for TAMMUZ – Keep Climbing!

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
(Psalm 45:1)

 

To begin living a life of Mussar, you must start by developing an awareness of who you really are. [How?] Acquire a diary. ~ Rabbi Micha Berger

 

It can be a challenge to get into a rhythm of daily journaling – not just the setting apart of time, but the finding of words to write. Keren and I are offering 29 Journal Jots for Tammuz to get you started.

Each day rewrite each Journal Jot in your own hand. As these Journal Jots speak to you – speak back.

If you are already a staunch journaler, these Journal Jots are also for you.
Each will act as a reminder of why we are making this climb.

We are so excited to be on this journey with you!
Keren and Cindy

Journal Jots For TAMMUZ

Journal Jots For SIVAN

“… it is possible to know that we are always there, arriving wholly in this moment, fully present in this step, alive to the miracle of the journey.”*

Meditations For SIVAN – PATIENCE and PERSEVERANCE

*Shefa Gold, Are We There Yet?

Journal Jots For IYYAR

Wherever the river flows…there is life.
Ezekiel 49:7

HEALING AND ORDER

I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord G-d Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of G-d illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. …Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of G-d and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.
Revelation 21:22-23, 22:1-2

During this month of Iyyar may this future promise of tikkun be realized in our lives even now!

IYYAR Meditations

Meditations for ADAR

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Yakriv Mikem / Sacrifice “Of You”

Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: when one of you offers a sacrifice to the Lord, the sacrifice must be taken from the cattle, sheep or goats” (Lev. 1:2).

Or so the verse would read if it were constructed according to the normal rules of grammar. However, in Hebrew the word order of the sentence is strange and unexpected. We would expect to read: Adam mikem ki yakriv, “When one of you offers a sacrifice.” Instead what it says is Adam ki yakriv mikem, “When one offers a sacrifice of you”.

“The essence of sacrifice,” said R. Schneur Zalman, “is that we offer ourselves. We bring to G-d our faculties, our energies, our thoughts and emotions. The physical form of sacrifice – an animal offered on the altar, is only an external manifestation of an inner act. The real sacrifice is mikem, “of you”. We give G-d something of ourselves.

~ Rabbi Sacks, Self and Sacrifice

Meditations for ADAR

* Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces, Facebook

Meditations for KISLEV

B’Ohrchah Nireh Ohr
In Your Light we see Light

It’s like a light going through a prism and being broken out into different colors. If it’s coming through a holiday, a mitzvah, or lighting candles, it’s the same light bouncing into the world and being refracted through a different means. We pick it up and experience it in different ways. But it’s really all the same light.*

Meditations for KISLEV

* Simon Apisdorf, Get A Glow, 12-19-2016 (speaking of the light of G-d)

Meditations for CHESHVAN

CHASHA / HUSH
To Be Silent

The strength of faith is in silence, in words that hibernate and wait. Uttered faith must come out as surplus of silence, as the fruit of lived faith, of enduring intimacy.*

Meditations for Cheshvan

* Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays

Meditations for ELUL

RAV HESED V’EMET
ABUNDANT IN LOVINGKINDNESS AND TRUTH

Adonai is compassionate and gracious, endlessly patient, loving, and true, showing mercy to thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and granting pardon.*

Meditations for ELUL

* Taken from Yom Kippur liturgy based on Exodus 34:6.

Meditations for TAMMUZ

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GRATITUDE AND PRAISE

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. Jeremiah 18:3-4

TAMMUZ MEDITATIONS

* photo credit: https-/www.123rf.com/profile_olegdudko

Meditations For SIVAN

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HUMILITY AND MAJESTY

For thus said He who high aloft forever dwells, whose name is holy:
I dwell on high, in holiness, yet with the contrite and the humble of spirit – reviving the spirits of the humble, reviving the hearts of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)

Sivan Meditations

* Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill, Nicknamed the “Hand of God,” it is a cloud of material ejected from a star that exploded.