Blessings for a New Month

P1130574Rosh Hodesh by Laya Crust

Elul and September, 5776…2016

Elul and September started at about the same time on the calendar this year.

In Judaism there is a beautiful prayer we say as we greet each new month:

May it be Your will, Lord our Gd….to renew for us this coming month for good and blessing. Grant us a long life, a life of peace, a life of goodness, a life of blessing, a life of sustenance, a life of physical health, a life marked by reverence for heaven and dread of misdeeds, a life without shame or disgrace, a life of richness and honour, a life with love for Torah and reverence for good, a life in which our heart desires are fulfilled for good.

joy-0024“Joy” by Laya Crust

September is a time of new beginnings. Students of various ages begin school and university. Employees say goodbye to the summer and start their work knowing autumn and winter are approaching.

Elul is a different type of beginning and ending. It is the beginning of looking forward to Rosh HaShana, the Jewish new year. It is a time of reflection and self improvement. The letters of the month of Elul (אלול) are the first letters in the words אני לדודי ודודי לי, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” So- Elul is a time of love…not just for our husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, but a time of giving love to those around us.

I was in the airport yesterday. A gentleman moved his luggage and then moved himself so a friend and I could sit together. I thanked him and we had a lovely conversation. At the end of the conversation he gave me his card.


As we go forward in September and in Elul, let’s remember the prayers for the new month. Let’s try to be happier, feel blessed and share our blessings with those around us. And thank-you, Chris Rudge, for your daily commitment to Random Acts of Kindness.

Have a good month filled with love, health , peace and fulfillment.



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6 responses to “Blessings for a New Month

  1. Savta

    lovely message; makes me think that we are all part of the large event of brownian motion we learned about in physics called society.

  2. YACHT

    Laya, do you do a new painting or two each week for fit your drash on the week’s parshat? Gwen

    • Hi, Gwen. Most of the time I go back to my body of work and find something appropriate to fit the drash. Sometimes I create a new piece or a few new pieces for one of my blog posts. This week I used an illustration from my haftarah series. It is inspired by the haftarah that is read at synagogue when the new month starts on Shabbat. The second painting is a photograph of a ketubah that conveys joy. The quotation “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” is on the top, above the panel with 2 wine glasses. Thanks for asking.

  3. Last year I was walking along the main road in Sedona, heading back from the PO. I stopped on the sidewalk just to take in the sights. A man and his son were heading my way and I said something to them about the good fortune of being there in that moment. The dad and I chatted for a few moments and then he handed me a similar card, thanking me for sharing a smile. Time to pass the card along to someone else. Thank you, Laya, for this beautiful post. May this month be indeed filled with blessings.

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