Thursday, 18 September 2014

Blog Elul Day 23-Love

"I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."~Mother Theresa

The pain of losing can only be salved by the remembrance of the love.

Falling Slowly (from Once) Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

**Blog Elul is the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. Her blog and various links can be found at http://imabima.blogspot.ca

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Blog Elul Day 22-Dare

"Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game."~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We dream, we dare, we accomplish.

Defying Gravity (from Wicked) Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

**Blog Elul is the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. Her blog and various links can be found at http://imabima.blogspot.ca

(Editorial note: This was not the best performance that Idina Menzel gave of this song. She suffered an asthma attack just before The Tonys that year and the wheezing is audible in her voice. That said...I saw these two glorious women perform in Wicked. This song brought me to tears. Cliched or not, it was stunning in its power.)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Blog Elul Day 21-Change

"Never doubt that a small group of  thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever does."~Margaret Mead

Change can only come when one dedicates body and soul to the cause.

The Egg (from 1776) Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards

**Blog Elul is the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. Her blog and various links can be found at http://imabima.blogspot.ca

Monday, 15 September 2014

Blog Elul Day 20-Judge

"Once, the Hassidic rabbi Zusya came to his followers with tears in his eyes. They asked him:
"Zusya, what's the matter?" 
And he told them about his vision; "I learned the question that the angels will one day ask me about my life."
The followers were puzzled. "Zusya, you are pious. You are scholarly and humble. You have helped so many of us. What question about your life could be so terrifying that you would be frightened to answer it?"
Zusya replied; "I have learned that the angels will not ask me, 'Why weren't you a Moses, leading your people out of slavery?' and that the angels will not ask me, 'Why weren't you a Joshua, leading your people into the promised land?"'
Zusya sighed; "They will say to me, 'Zusya, why weren't you Zusya?'"Martin Buber from Tales of the Hasidim

At the end of the day we will be judged on who we are and not who we pretend to be.

Take Me or Leave Me (from Rent) Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

**Blog Elul is the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. Her blog and various links can be found at http://imabima.blogspot.ca

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Blog Elul Day 19-Ask

"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers."~Voltaire

Only a self-righteous fool thinks that they have all of the answers. Asking the right questions can bring us to a heighten sense of our own existence.

Maybe This Time (from Cabaret) Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb

**Blog Elul is the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. Her blog and various links can be found at http://imabima.blogspot.ca

(Editorial note. This video is a bit odd in colour and a bit shaky, but it is from a live production of Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles on Broadway in 1998. Her Sally had a vulnerability that just lingers and really resonates, so I chose it over Liza's. She is missed.)

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Blog Elul Day 18-Pray

"The issue is whether we're reaching people and helping them pray. Whatever we can do to facilitate their worship experience and spiritual exploration, we're obligated to do."~Debbie Friedman

"The purpose of prayer is to be able to transcend the traffic and the hustle of the daily routine-to begin the day by acknowledging the magic of each day, the miracle of our lives, our bodies, our breath, and our minds. Once we can appreciate ourselves as living breathing miracles, we can celebrate and give thanks to The Creator of All That Was, All That Is, and All That Will Be."~Debbie Friedman

Our prayer lets us become a little less self-involved and a little less in control. When we acknowledge the Divine Spirit and our minuscule place in the universe, we can be at peace.

Say A Prayer (from Memphis) Music by David Bryan; Lyrics by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro

**Blog Elul is the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. Her blog and various links can be found at http://imabima.blogspot.ca

Friday, 12 September 2014

Blog Elul Day 17-Awaken

"Beauty awakens the soul to act."~Dante Alighieri

We spend most of our lives with our eyes closed to the possibilities. When we finally open them, we awaken our souls to its limitlessness.

Waiting for Life (from Once on this Island) Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

**Blog Elul is the brainchild of Rabbi Phyllis Sommer. Her blog and various links can be found at http://imabima.blogspot.ca