Your next homework assignment for the month of Elul is to listen to this recent piece from NPR’s “This American Life.” I chose it because so much of our spiritual preparation during this season focuses on our struggle with change. Is it truly possible to turn our lives around? How do we hold on to our faith in our ability to change – and the potential of others as well?
The hero of this story is an amazing woman named Ton’Nea Williams who, while working at a juvenile detention facility, befriended a boy named Kenneth and attempted to set his life on the right path. As you will hear, the story takes some unexpected twists and turns. I particularly admire it because it asks the most essential questions, but refuses to provide us with easy answers.
The program lasts approximately a 1/2 hour, but trust me, this story is well worth your time – and is utterly appropriate to our Elul preparations.