double E: Eikev v’Elul

This week we read parshah Eikev, found at Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25. In this parshah, among other things, we learn that the land of Israel flows with milk and honey and find the second chapter to the Sh’ma. Yes, I’m selective about what I highlight. Go read the parsha for yourself to learn the full details contained within.

Why am I talking about Elul and the new year already? I know that upon September (and Elul) “one”, life will go into high gear for myself and many other people. It’s easy to say, “I’ll learn tomorrow”. It’s difficult to plan ahead (I’m a procrastinator, I know). It’s difficult to balance work, life, and the demands of this time of year, observant, jewish, both, or neither. As much as I love autumn, it is a very busy time of year.

But I can take 5 minutes now and start to think about how I would like it to go.

שבת שלום