The month of Elul is a time of self-reflection and preparation for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Jewish tradition teaches us that this is a month to do soul-searching, to try and find our way back to the purity that resides within us - this is the way to creating genuine, positive change in our lives. The month of Elul is characterized by the reciting of Selichot (traditional poems and prayers of repentance) and the blowing of the Shofar at early morning prayers.
Some say that the Hebrew letters that comprise the word Elul – aleph, lamed, vav, lamed – are an acronym for “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li,” a verse from Song of Songs that means “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Most often interpreted as love poetry between a man and a woman, the phrase also reflects the love between God and the Jewish people, especially at this season, as we assess our actions and behaviors during the past year and hope for blessings in the coming year.
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