Elul One Sunset ~ August 16, 2015
“I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.”
The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tradition teaches that the month of Elul is a particularly propitious time for repentance. This mood of repentance builds through the month of Elul to the period of Selichot, to Rosh Hashanah, and finally to Yom Kippur.
The name of the month (spelled Alef-Lamed-Vav-Lamed) is said to be an acronym of “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li,” “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine,” a quote from Song of Songs 6:3, where the Beloved is G-d and the “I” is the Jewish people. In Aramaic (the vernacular of the Jewish people at the time that the month names were adopted), the word “Elul” means “search,” which is appropriate, because this is a time of year when we search our hearts.
According to tradition, the month of Elul is the time that Moses spent on Mount Sinai preparing the second set of tablets after the incident of the golden calf (Ex. 32; 34:27-28). He ascended on Rosh Chodesh Elul and descended on the 10th of Tishri, at the end of Yom Kippur, when repentance was complete. Other sources say that Elul is the beginning of a period of 40 days that Moses prayed for G-d to forgive the people after the Golden Calf incident, after which the commandment to prepare the second set of tablets was given.
For more information: http://www.jewfaq.org/elul.htm
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approaching the Entrance…
a second glimpse…
Here it is.
When I took this photograph, the camera on my phone was tilted upwards towards the sky and there were no buildings in sight. You can see the top of one tree to the far right hand corner of the picture as I was standing on the top floor of a high rise building. It was not until I posted it on my desktop that I saw the ‘city’. Do you see the beautiful dome shaped building to the left and then others towards the right just beyond the streets of gold? The larger the screen, the clearer it becomes. I pray that each time you look at it you will be strengthened by its majestic beauty.
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