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Elul 3: Search, Google Style

I just Googled "search." It took .50 seconds to reveal that there are 12,700,000,000 results (I'm not even sure how to pronounce that number).

How cool would it be to Google all the ways I missed the mark last year? I think it would take way less than one-half a second, I'd click on each thing, fess up to God, make an amend if necessary and appropriate and move on.

Too bad life and teshuvah don't work that way. Teshuvah, tefilah, and tzedakah are time-consuming processes, which is why we're given from the beginning of Elul through Yom Kippur and even beyond through Sukkot to make it happen.

Maybe some day there'll be a teshuvah app, but for now, I'll have to do it old school.




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