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Elul, the process begins

There is an old proverb that says that if you want to move a mountain you should begin by moving one rock at a time. Elul, the twelfth and final month of the Hebrew calendar began earlier this week. It is the month in which teshuva-repentance is institutionalized.

We hear the sound of the shofer each morning reminding us that soon the Yomim Noraim, the High Holidays will be upon us. Elul begins the process of clearing the mountain by removing one pebble at a time. If we cannot do teshuva-repentance in one major effort then Elul provides us the opportunity to still reach the mountain a little at a time. We offer special slichot prayers, and then we climb up the mountain till Rosh Hashanah, climb steeper toward Yom Kippur and even have one more opportunity (Hoshana Raba) during Succot before our final destination has been determined.

Each and every one of us goes through this process, old and young, rich and poor, good and bad. Hashem gives us this wonderful gift that we can renew our course every year. And He allows us to do this and expects us to do it one rock at a time.

This lesson is not lost on our girls at Lev Lalev Orphanage and Children’s Home in Netanya, Israel. Our well trained staff understands and recognizes that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Bringing our orphaned and disadvantaged girls from despair and gloom to comfort and happiness is a process. It takes time, patience, professionalism, and resources to ensure that each girl gets what she needs to climb the mountain. Remember- it all begins with one little rock. For our orphaned girls this often means there very first traumatic day at the Home. Recommended through the Israeli Social Service Department and the local community social service programs, our girls have nowhere to turn except our Home in Netanya.

mentalhealthFor all of those who help us clear away the rocks so that our girls may climb the mountain. Thank you and may Hashem give you a clear path toward teshuva.

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