But for rabbis, this is mostly known as the busiest time of the year - second only to the High Holy Days themselves. For clergy, the month of Elul brings one part reflection and one part count-down to the DAYS OF AWE. It's like tax season for accountants, only in this case, the deadline isn't the US government, but rather hundreds or thousands of expectant congregants. And frankly, I'm not sure which is more scary!
Yes, we'll compliment their sermons, invite them for a holiday meal, and laugh at their (not-so-funny) jokes. But this year there is a new way to show your appreciation. With a t-shirt.
The Rabbis Heart Cheshvan t-shirt shows your rabbi that you understand how hard he or she works during Elul and Tishrei (the month during which the High Holy Days fall). Buy one for your favorite clergy member, or buy one for yourself in support of your rabbi. Choose your color and size here (they even sell a maternity version!)
Happy Rosh Chodesh Elul! I think I'll celebrate by doing some reflection....and some t-shirt shopping.
This shirt was the idea of Hebrew College rabbinical student Avi Killip - and designed/created by Rabbi Jane Kanarek and Rabbi Rachel Silverman.