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Original Dutch Version

During the month of Elul, I’m sharing a few stories I haven’t shared before to a large audience. This is one of my approaches this year to prepare myself for the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe. You can read about it in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:23–32.

The Days of Awe starts with Yom Teruah, Feast of Trumpets, better known as
Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year and finalizes on Kippur (also named Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement). In the month of Elul, the month before  Rosh Hashanah,we prepare by having a spiritual 'clean-up'. We clean ourselves through thorough introspection and teshuvah (repentance) from different kinds of personal and emotional heaviness. In the spirit of the Days of Awe I'd like to share a personal story.

In the past I lived in the Plantage neighborhood in Amsterdam-Centrum (old Jewish neighborhood). I walked up the Entrepotdok through the Entrepotdok gate and saw a black bird flying in the distance.


I can't explain why but my eyes were fixed on this black bird flying into my direction.
I still remember I entertained the thought that this bird literally flew right towards me.
The bird flew lower and lower and was getting closer to me. Suddenly out of nowhere I heard "Bend your head!" I did and the bird flew right above my head. Very bizarre! No one was present next to me, in front or behind me but I could clearly hear an audible voice instructing me to bend my head.
If I had not done this, would this scary black bird flew into my face or neck?
I believe an angel of God made me focus on the bird and spoke to me!

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, hatov hameitiv.

Blessed are you Adonai, Our God, King of the Universe, who is good and causes good!

I wish you all a very meaningful and thorough preparation for the Yamim Noraim,
the Days of Awe!


Rabbi Sipporah Joseph

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