During the month of Elul, a particularly auspicious time leading up to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, think about ways in which you can come closer to God.

One way to come closer to God is to adhere to and follow the sage advice that is shared in the twentieth Mishna of the Fifth Chapter of Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the fathers. “Yehudah ben Tema said, be strong as a leopard and swift as an eagle, and fleet as a gazelle, and brave as a lion, to do the will of your Father, who is in heaven.”

To learn more about the importance of strength, alacrity, and courage in performance of Mitzvot as a means of coming closer to God, print out the fifth chapter of Ethics of the Fathers this afternoon and join thousands of fellow Jews around the globe who will be enjoying an uplifting experience and inspired discussions this Shabbat.