Thursday, August 8, 2013
#blogElul 2: Act
Sometimes it's all an act.
But that act might lead to reality. If I pretend to be strong, to be wise, to be brave, to be "put together".... just maybe I will convince myself that I really am.
Our Torah tells us that when we received Torah we said, "na'aseh v'nishma" -- we will DO and we will hear. Basically we said, "we'll fake it 'til we make it."
Sometimes we need it to all be an act...we don't have enough information or knowledge or foresight to truly OWN it. But if we do the act....if we just "fake it" -- eventually we acquire the information, the knowledge, the understanding....and we do make it.
At least, that's what I'm hoping.
The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with the Selichot, the prayers of forgiveness. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at imabima.tumblr.com. Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! This year, I'm not doing a linky or anything like that -- I'm conserving energy! So be sure to tag your posts on Twitter and Facebook so I can catch them with my alerts....