Elul’s Shofar: A Poem

Elul’s Shofar: A Poem

During the month of Elul, the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to blow a single shofar blast each morning. This daily shofar blast serves to remind us of all we need to do to prepare ourselves spiritually for the upcoming holidays and the start of the new year.

“Elul’s Shofar”

Every morning
One lone shofar blast,
Jolting us into the present
Reminding us
Not to put off
Work that takes time,
A cry
Calling forth our imperfections
For introspection and change.
Each day’s shofar blast
An invitation
To examine
A different relationship,
Pushing us
To reconnect
Extending bridges of forgiveness
Stretching us
A little bit closer
To who we want to be.


  • Rabbi Suzanne Brody is the Director of Education and Youth Programming at Temple Beth-El in Ithaca, NY. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, has a PhD in neuroscience, and received rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, CA in 2012. In addition to her more scholarly work and her participation in on the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards, Suzanne is the author of five books of poetry, Dancing in the White Spaces, Etz Chayim She: Modern Poems Grown from Ancient Texts, Mermaid Tears, Lunch with Rav Dimi, and Unearthed.

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