Thought for Shabbat
It is well known that going to the gym and starting to work out without some kind of warm-up is not the best idea. The same is true with relationships; when you meet someone, it is best not to propose marriage on the first date!
Now that Shavuot is in the rear-view mirror, I am feeling the same way about the high holidays that are just a few months away. (I know!?!?) While it is true that the month of Elul is really the time to gear up for the Ten Days of Repentance, summer gives us a bit of a longer runway.
If we think about it, when we are listening to your GPS and get off course, it is best to try to make a correction as soon as possible. The further we keep driving on the wrong path, the more difficult it will be to get back on track and to our final destination. Think back to the High Holidays last year. Do we remember the goals we set and the changes we wanted to make?
We should not wait until Elul to take this walk down memory lane. If we set our hearts, minds and souls to it, we can arrive at Elul already well back on track.
We often think of summer as a relaxing time. (It should be that too!) From a Jewish standpoint, however, it is time to orient ourselves to the task of meeting our goals and making the necessary changes.
So…enjoy the weather, let’s not forget what lies ahead as the days begin to shorten.