I am terrible at predicting trends.
For example, I predicted Cyndi Lauper would be more successful than Madonna, Tiffany over Debbie Gibson, and never, never would I have thought that nearly the entire world would have jumped on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. To the tune of nearly $100M in a month.
I have a perfect track record.
The Ice Challenge, however, has gotten a lot of people thinking about where and how we choose to make our world a better, healthier, safer, and more peaceful place. Really creative thinking. Not just about monetary gifts which, BTW, are important. But about our actions and what we can do to truly make a difference.
Which is why I love what my friend and colleague, Rabbi Danny Burkeman, has got going over at his shul, The Community Synagogue (Port Washington, NY).
the Elul Mitzvah Challenge
Rabbi Burkeman has big plans for this challenge and is encouraging all of us to participate. He’s even given us an alphabet of suggestions. If 613 of us upload a video to the #elulmitzvahchallenge FB page, The Community Synagogue will make a donation to the #36rabbis Shave for the Brave, benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
We’ll be discussing what mitzvah we’ll be doing here at Beit Schorr at tomorrow night’s Shabbos table and post the video sometime during Elul. Because actions really do speak louder than words.
The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with the Selichot, the prayers of forgiveness. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I’ll be blogging a thought or two, b’li neder, for each day to help with the month of preparation… Follow me on twitter @rebeccaschorr for all the #BlogElul posts.
This is the brainchild of Ima on (and off) the Bimah. You can follow her on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others’ as well! Read more about #BlogElul here.