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אֲנִ֤י לְדוֹדִי֙ וְדוֹדִ֣י לִ֔י

I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me.

– Shir HaShirim 6:3

The name of the month of Elul can be read as an acronym for the words of the verse from Shir HaShirim.

It is usually necessary for a person to go through much bureaucracy and clearance to gain access to the King, no matter how important the request is.  During the month of Elul, the King (of kings) is in the field, available with open access.

– Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

During Elul and the High Holidays, the “13 Attributes” are commonplace in our liturgy. It is important for these to not only be descriptions of the Almighty’s character but benchmarks for us to emulate.

Merciful God, merciful God, powerful God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth. Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations, forgiver of iniquity, willful sin and error, and Who cleanses.

– 13 Attributes of God’s Mercy, Exodus 34:6-7

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“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

– Viktor E. Frankl

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

– Andy Warhol

Daily Goals

Small Acts of Kindness

  • Give a genuine compliment to somebody at least once a day.
  • Write down what you appreciate about another family member and pass it along.
  • Check in with someone who’s sick.
  • Ask if you can help someone who may be having a difficult time in life right now.
  • Lend your vehicle to someone or offer to take them shopping for their necessities.
  • Hold the door open for the person behind you.
  • Make a card for someone special.
  • Deliver flowers anonymously to a hospital patient.
  • Ask a senior citizen about their life story and truly listen.
  • Give a hug to a loved one or friend.
  • Offer to pay another person’s food bill.
  • Lend a hand to someone doing hard work.
  • Donate to a homeless person, perhaps give them some food.
  • Leave a kind server a generous tip.
  • Let a person out from a side road who’s waiting to get into the main road.
  • Help another parent out with a stroller or carrying things.
  • Give someone a book that you no longer need.
  • Give your parents or grandparents a call just because.
  • Volunteer at a community event.

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