One Thing I Ask – A Special Workshop for Elul at Bonai Shalom

One Thing I Ask – Elul Workshop with Rabbi Marc  at Bonai Shalom, 7:00 pm, Wednesday September 3rd
Bonai ShalomRabbi Marc will lead us in this workshop, focusing on the power of the shofar as a meditative tool and the poetry of Psalm 27 that invites us to dwell in god’s house.  We will reflect on the days of Elul as preparation for the upcoming Days of Awe, through a blend of study, meditation, discussion and creative writing.  All are welcome.

As the last month of the Jewish year, Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and stocktaking—a time to review one’s deeds and spiritual progress over the past year, and prepare for the upcoming “Days of Awe”, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The letters of Elul form an acronym for the words in the verse Ani le‑dodi ve‑dodi li–“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Songs 6:3). Believing that the “beloved” refers to God, the sages take this verse to describe the particularly loving and close relationship with God and this month.

Thus, Elul is the month of soul-accounting and a time for making peace with the three “garments” of the soul – thought, speech and action. It’s also a time for getting clear with ourselves, our close relations, and our community at large, knowing where we’ve missed the mark and asking for forgiveness.

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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