The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
The Yamim Noraim, High Holidays, are a time of personal reflection; gazing at the year past and looking ahead to the coming year. One month before Rosh HaShanah, at Rosh Hodesh Elul (the first of the month of Elul), Jews the world over begin the process of taking a cheshbon nefesh, an accounting of the soul, in which we account not only for what we have done but also of what we have not done for ourselves, our community, and the world. As we celebrate the new year and seek atonement for the times we have come up short, we pray that our t’shuvah, t’fillah, and tzedakah (repentance, prayer and charity) will be enough to sustain us for the year to come.
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