The month of Elul: the annual wake-up call.

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In the month of Elul, a time of introspection and gathering our energies for the high holidays, we blow the shofar daily.

The sound of the shofar is so ancient, so primal, it stirs something in us. We can imagine that same sound being heard by Israelites thousands of years ago; it touches our souls and wakes us from a spiritual slumber, shakes us from complacency land calls us to change.

How will you use this gift, this month of Elul? 

I like to read Rabbi Heschel during Elul. He always returns me to a sense of awe, to a connection between the intellectual and the mystical. His book, I Asked for Wonder, is a gem, small bites of wisdom to illumine any Jewish path.

If you have something to share about Elul and preparation for the high holidays, please share them in the comments. 

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Kim Phillips is a Judaica artist in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here for bio. If you'd like her to lead a papercut art workshop at your synagogue, religious school, Jewish day school or Jewish community center, click here for more information and here to contact her. Artist-in-residence programs available.

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