Last weekend’s “Teshuvah: Return to the Home of Your Soul” with Rabbi Jonathan Kligler at The Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation provided me with a profoundly meaningful and joyous entry into Elul, the month of return. With 26 participants and Rabbi Jonathan exuding love and wisdom, we easily formed ourselves into a loving extended family, celebrating, praying, learning and confiding from our depths, together.
My heart went from being broken wide open to experiencing expansive love and back again, many times over. The insights that illuminated my mind both about my own life and my love for Judaism knocked me out! Discovering new relationships, deepening old ones, getting to both witness others journeys and participate fully in my own was just simply a treat.