Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Elul: the dark sacred night

Elul is the Hebrew month preceding Rosh haShana, the Jewish New Year. It is a time of preparation for the Yamim Nora'im, or Days of Awe. During this month, many people will try to atone with family, friends and others as well as contemplate what the upcoming holidays mean.

Rosh haShana is the birthday of the world, or the 8th day of Creation, when all was completed and G!d already had a chance to rest. This is a favorite idea of mine to contemplate. It gives Elul a special flavor of creativity and fertility.

In a second line of consideration, Judaism considers the world with all it's wonders to be the best and ultimate proof that G!d exists.

This month, to contemplate this, I am trying to visually interpret the lyrics of Louis Armstrong's song 'What a Wonderful World'. I love this song and it was part of my bat mitzvah last summer. Here are interpretations of the line 'the dark sacred night'. In order to reflect the wonder and awesomeness of night, I tried to capture a little feeling of the northern lights.

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