I have a confession to make. I wrote this draft a few months ago but didn’t actually publish it. Let’s be honest, it’s so easy sometimes to put stuff off or say I am too tired to write but I know that what I am doing will become very important so I am making a vow to myself to get to work and start my blog FOR REAL!
For my first post, I think I will talk about how I’ve been wanting to start a blog. Scratch that, I did have one years ago but never regularly updated it. It was during my Masters in Social Work where I realized that I have so much to say and needed a place to express myself. Over the years, especially NOW I post at least 20-30 times a day. Most of the time, the posts are about something in the world, health, judaism, religion, spirituality and things that really strike a cord with me. So today’s the day, I have decided to finally dive in and begin this journey of blogging. I know that some days, I won’t want to update it but I will at least once a week and I think it will help me to not post as much on Facebook. Before writing my first post, I couldn’t decide what the name of my blog should be but I knew I wanted it to do something with using my voice to heal or repair the world in some way. After some people suggested I use tikkunelana, it stuck and I know that I wanted to use this name for quite some time…it was only a matter of jumping in and starting this journey with myself and with the world. Many people who know me, know that I identify as a Jew.
Names in Judaism:
The naming of a Jewish child is a most profound spiritual moment. The Sages say that naming a baby is a statement of her character, her specialness, and her path in life. For at the beginning of life we give a name, and at the end of life a “good name” is all we take with us. (see Talmud – Brachot 7b; Arizal – Sha’ar HaGilgulim 24b)
Being Jewish for me is not just a religion, it’s a way of life for me and how I live in this world. Values and morals I use in my daily life (in no particular order and in my words):
- To be good to one another and treat others the way you should be treated
- To use my hands, morals, voice for good
- To carry on what my ancestors instilled in me even if I never met them before
Hebrew name: Elana, which means Oak Tree, Light and Happiness
To me, my name does a really good job of describing who I am and who I am becoming. I see myself as a tree, I am always growing and reaching for more to get more connected to the world everyday and I will never stop growing, physically and spiritually. Bringing more light into the world and more peace.
Named after Ethel, my father’s grandmother’s mother
I imagine that I was named after her because she was someone who had deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership and did much for the world. I hope that if she could see me now that she would be proud that I have used my name for good.
I think that’s it for my first post…onto the next one!