The Conclusion of the Pop Elul Project

With the month of Elul coming to a close, and Rosh Hashanah only hours away, the Pop Elul Project has concluded… at least for this year. Like the blast of the shofar, I hope the Pop Elul Project assisted in spiritually waking us up, to prepare ourselves, and purify ourselves for the year ahead.

I am honored to share that the Pop Elul Project was picked up and shared by the Hollywood Journal. The Hollywood Journal strives to share soulful wisdom and spirituality in a world of pop culture too often focused on fame and celebrity status. I believe that the Pop Elul Project’s inclusion in the Hollywood Journal is just another example of how Judaism has entered the public marketplace and how Jewish thought, wisdom, ethics, and values are not only limited to the Jewish community. Rather, they are an asset to all of humanity.

Furthermore, the teachings and reflections that prepare us for the New Year during Elul are not only limited to the month of Elul and this Season of Awe and Amazement. They are important reminders for us throughout the year. We all need a wake up call every now and again. So I invite you to check out the entire month’s reflections for the Pop Elul Project at or check out how Judaism has entered the marketplace of ideas by checking out the Pop Elul Project on the Hollywood Journal’s website.

Shana Tova! May this be a year of happiness, health, and love!

– Rabbi Jesse M. Olitzky


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