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Imagine going to the gulf course and not knowing what to do. Feeling completely lost. Wandering aimlessly not knowing where to go. Having no idea what is going on. For most people this is what befalls them when they leave this world, as they have made no preparation. They don’t know what are the “rules of the game”. They have no intent on where they want to go.
Preparation is required for this you were born, and this world was created.
. In Pirkei Avot, Rabbi Yaakov teaches:
“This world is like a corridor, to the world to come.” (Avot 4: 21.)
You are in this world to “KNOW” God, and prepare for the next.
Here we stand after the deep solemn days of contemplation and
repentance of the 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Av. The time both Temples were destroyed. These days had the power to reach a certain part of the heart, I hope you utilized their power well.
Now with a period of rejoicing yet approaching of Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippor and climaxing with Succot. To prepare us further for these times we have Ellul. Elul is a time of introspection, repentance, reconciliation, and heightened spirituality a time to prepare to be judged and sentenced by God with what will be in the coming year, for you and the whole world. Elul is a time for personal growth. By “Teshuva” (repentance) they may take their Holy garment back. Just as we go from days of solitude to rejoicing at times. so is this pattern essential to learning.
This process of solemn preparation is Necessary to prepare one for reception of Holiness of the Torah in rejoicing. As we see that a cup must be clean for water to be poured into it and remain clean. Or as skin is cleaned with alcohol before a injection is given. One must prepare as vessel for Kidusha (Holiness). One needs to be sanctified to their creator, as He Himself is Holy. One must prepare to be summoned to sanctify themselves in every moment so there will be received their prayer and Torah. They must be Holy. Sanctified by mitzvot (commandments).
One must prepare themselves for the coming Holiness. For this we go from the solemn days of the 17th of Tamuz, 9th of Av and the days of Ellul. Rabbi Nachman of Bresslove teaches that the Woman (Shechinah) comes becouse of the aspect of Ellul. This is the ”kavana” (intent) of Ellul. רצון (will) is made in Ellul. From Ellul comes tikun of ”blemishing the Covenant-Brit”. Ellul is a time where one’s “cavana ” (intention) is “running and returning”. This refers to our running into Holiness, filling our days of Ellul with activities that will bring us higher in Holiness. But not only do we “run” to the God but in the month which precedes the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is the month called “Elul”, it is said concerning this time called “Ellul” that “the time the king is in the field.” At this time God, the King of Kings is accessible by all who go out into the fields of Holiness to find Him. “Ellul” is a acrostic (meaning that the first letters of the words of a verse spell it out ). The first letters of the words “Ani Ledodi V’Dodi Li” – ”I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me,” a quote from the Song of Love, or Shir HaShirim, by King Solomon in Hebrew spell our “Ellul”. As the verse alludes to Elul is a time of love.
Avraham Abulafia teaches that if your heart runs return it to it’s place, by this is cut a covenant. By this way there is received 72 names. This is a secret, these names each has a unique power, but the place to explain the work of these names is not here. During Elul the time of “running and returning” a relationship between you and these Divine names can be established.
Moshe spent 40 days on Har Seni from Rosh Chodesh Ellul until Yom kippor. This is when he recieved the 2nd tablets. Ellul is the time for the”makiff” (surrounding lights of your soul-Aura) can become ”penimi” (internalized), creating a new beautiful garment called ”Chashmal” (this is the Divine energy by which the prophets would prophesise and it is the garment of your soul)
From “teshuva” (Repentance-coming close to God) in “Ellul”
there can be given to you the “Atz Chyim” (Tree of Life),
GO FOR IT !
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