This year, the Temple Beth El Clergy have created the 30 Days of Elul: Awesome Quotes for the Days of Awe. Elul is the month preceding the High Holy Days. This is a month to spiritually prepare for the High Holy Days to reflect and repent. Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and personal accounting.
Starting in the evening of Sunday, August 8, 2021, and each of the 29 days of the Hebrew month of Elul, a new box will be clickable below to reveal a new quote of inspiration handpicked by the Temple Beth El Clergy to prepare us for the Jewish New Year. We will be sending daily notifications via email, text, or social media for each new inspirational quote, or you can bookmark this page to visit each day.
Jews have six senses. Touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing… memory. The Jew is pricked by a pin and remembers other pins. It is only by tracing the pin prick back to other pinpricks – when his mother tried to fix his sleeve while his arm was still in it, when his grandfather‘s fingers fell asleep while stroking his great grandfather’s damp forehead, when Abraham tested the knifepoint to be sure Isaac would feel no pain – that the Jew is able to know why it hurts. When a Jew encounters a pin, he asks: “What does it remember like?”
– Jonathan Safran Foer