26th of Elul

26th of Elul: Sunday, September 25th

“Finding a middle path that allows us to savor life fully while also cultivating spiritual, emotional, and physical health is central to Jewish tradition” (Rabbi Edythe Mencher, colleague and friend).

Moses Maimonides, a great medieval Jewish thinker, taught that through study, cultivation of new actions, and establishing ways of thinking, each of us can be elevated to “walk in God’s ways.” Utilizing his approach, we might recognize that total change is unlikely. Rather, we can focus our energies on attainable, incremental adjustments, having gratitude for each advance as we slowly work toward a greater goal.

Think of one way that you have found that “middle path”. Why was it successful? Is there something challenging in your life, where you can apply this model of finding a middle path?

 

These daily Elul messages are the product of a cooperative venture by Rabbis Asher Knight (Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas), Bradley Levenberg (Temple Sinai, Atlanta, Georgia), Jason Nevarez (Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners, New York), and David N. Young (Temple Sinai, Miami, Florida).

 

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