The month of Elul in which we do the spiritual preparation necessary for the upcoming High Holidays begins SUNDAY September 3.
There are so many ways to begin “dusting off” our souls. When we do, we join with people all over the world who are entering the river of reflection.
I published this article on Medium that begins with a Rebbe Nachman teaching about judging others with generosity — and ALSO judging OURSELVES with kindness. Here’s how it begins — and please do click over to Medium to read the article (it’s a 3 minute read 🙂 AND – at the end of the article, there’s a link to get my FREE High Holiday Preparation List & Video!
Judge with Generosity: Become a Melody
“You have to judge each person generously…Even one who is completely bad, you need to seek out and to find within that person some small bit of good, that bit where she is not bad. By this means, when you find that bit of good, and judge her generously, you actually raise her up to the level of merit…” Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav*
Rabbi Nachman (1772–1810) makes the bold claim that by being generous in our evaluations of others, we can help raise people up, and restore their souls. Whether or not you believe that we have that kind of power, it is certain that searching for the good in each other is healing for our own souls.