Elul 5: Commit

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 16 August 2018 @ 12:34 am

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*commit
verb com·mit \ kə-ˈmit \

  1. : to obligate or pledge oneself

When we commit to an action, we are making a promise.
When we commit to teshuvah, the promise we make is a sacred one.

When we speak of the sacred promise between God and Abraham or God and the People Israel,
we use the word brit, which means covenant.

If we are made in the Divine Image,
should we not name the sacred commitment we make to ourselves
a covenant?

Would we feel a deeper sense of obligation
if we used sacred language?

In these sacred days,
we commit ourselves,
O Holy One,
to seeking a path
towards our true selves,
and upholding the covenant
we make with You
and with the holiest parts of ourselves.

* “Commit.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 15 Aug. 2018.

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#BlogElul 2018

#BlogElul is a monthlong exploration of themes pertaining to the High Holy Days. Created by R’ Phyllis Sommer, the #BlogElul #ElulGram project allows participants to delve into topics as a way of preparing for the season.

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