It takes time to prepare for important events.
I remember when I got engaged, I was standing with my new fiance when someone asked us when our wedding was (we had not yet set a date). I answered, “Not sure, maybe a few weeks” and then turned to my bride and asked “I mean, how long can it take to plan a wedding?” She looked at me like I had horns (it’s amazing how naive a college guy can be). Little did I know that I was going to quickly learn how long it takes to plan a wedding.
Why did it take so long? Because it takes time to prepare for important events.
When we talk about important Jewish events, few can compare to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays. They serve as the commencement and culmination of a ten day period in which the Creator of the Universe, in spiritual sense, gets close to each of us. As you can imagine, these uber important events need some real prep time. As such, Elul, the month we are in, is that time.
But how do we prepare? For most of us, the High Holidays feel more like a criminal defense trial than a homecoming. Our preparation, if any, is usually filled with fear, guilt and anxiety as “Judgement Day” approaches.
But maybe there is another approach. This video discussing what I believe is the way to prepare for the High Holidays by answering the question “What’s love got to do with it?”
Hope you enjoy and would love to hear from you.