A Time of Divine Favor
The days from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Yom Kippur are days of Divine favor. Even though
Here is what the holy Arizal (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria) wrote in connection to the following verse dealing with the laws connected with accidental death: “If one did not lie in ambush but
The Dorshei Reshumot (“the interpreters of allusions”, a title given to Tana’im who wrote allegoric teachings) reveal other well-known acronyms for the month of Elul. It is written, “And the Lord your Gd will circumcise your heart and the heart of your children.” The initials of the words “et levavecha ve'et levav” form the acronym “Elul”. They also explain that the initials of the verse in Shir HaShirim 6:3, “I am to my beloved, and my beloved is to me” form the acronym “Elul”. The initials of the verse “Ish lere'eihu umatanot la'evyonim” — One to another and gifts to the poor (Esther 9:22) — also form the acronym “Elul”.
These acronyms allude to three things: Teshuva, prayer and charity, all which should be practiced zealously during the month of Elul. The verse “G-d will circumcise...” alludes to repentance, for one’s heart when uncontrolled leads a person to sin. “I am to my beloved...” alludes to prayer, which is the song of love between a person and his Creator. “One to another and gifts to the poor,” alludes to charity.
- Based on the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Laws of Elul 1
Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive guide, rather a brief summary to raise awareness of the issues. In any real case one should ask a competent Halachic authority.
L'iluy Nishmas the Rosh HaYeshiva - Rav Chonoh Menachem Mendel ben R' Yechezkel Shraga, Rav Yaakov Yeshaya ben R' Boruch Yehuda, and l'zchus for Shira Yaffa bas Rochel Miriam and her children for a yeshua teikef u'miyad!