One of my favorite movie quotes is from Aladdin, when Robin Williams (z"l) as the Genie has turned himself into a bee, and he's buzzing around Aladdin.
"Beeee yourself!" he proclaims.
Isn't that what this process of Elul is all about?
Reminding us to be ourselves, to be our best selves, to find the self that we want to be....
It's exhausting work trying constantly to be someone else.
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! Read more about #BlogElul here.