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August 27, 2016, 8:47 am
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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  because 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 ). Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi teaches that God during Elul is as a king before his coronation. 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. “From Rosh Hodesh Elul onwards until Yom Kippur, it is customary to rise before dawn to say “selihot” (special prayers) . Rama: The Ashkenazic custom is not that way;  Rosh Hodesh, the shofar is sounded daily after the morning prayer, and some do so, even after the evening prayer.” (Shulhan Arukh OC #581) The Book “Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer” calls for the Blowing of  Shofar in Elul. There it is taught that on Rosh Hodesh Elul, God instructed Moshe to ascend the mountain receive the second tablets of stone. A Shofar was sounded in the camp, as Moses ascended the mountain. God was raised with that Shofar blast, as it states (Psalms 47:6), “God ascended with the Terua.” And this is the reason that the Rabbis instituted that the Shofar be sounded on Rosh Chodesh Elul each year – so as to warn Israel that they should repent … and to confuse Satan. In Ashkenaz the minhag is to sound the shofar every morning and evening after prayers.

There are THREE sets of forty days and nights Moses fasted. In the FIRST, Moses ascends the mountain to receive the Torah and he descends with two tablets of testimony,  during the sin of the Golden Calf Moses smashes  the tablets of the covenant.  Then Moses does a SECOND period of forty days and nights fasting  (Deut 9:25) imploring Go to forgive Israel and spare His nation. Moses succeeds in his mission, and God reconciled Himself to Israel.  By  the invitation to ascend the mountain for a THIRD time of forty days and nights Moses fasted and then the second tablets of testimony were given to him.

 Moses ascended the mountain to receive the second tablets on the first day of the month of Elul. The second tablets were thus presented by Moses to the people on Yom Kippur. This forty-day period from the start of Elul to Yom Kippur is mapped upon an ancient historical precedent. Another 40 day period of note is from the seventeenth of Tammuz when the first tablets were broken, and on the eighteenth he burned the calf and judged the sinners, and on the nineteenth he went up [Mount Sinai]…. He  spent forty days there and begged for mercy, as it is said: “And I cast myself down before the Lord, etc.” (Deut. 9:18). On Rosh Chodesh Elul it was said to him, “And in the morning you shall ascend Mount Sinai” (Exod. 34:2) to receive the second tablets, and he spent forty days there, as it is said concerning them, “And I remained upon the mountain just as the first days” (Deut. 10:10) On the tenth of Tishri the Holy One, blessed is He, was appeased to Israel joyfully and wholeheartedly, and He said to Moses, ‘I have forgiven, as you have spoken'(Numbers 14:20). God gave over to Moses the second tablets, and Moses descended, and God began commanding Moses concerning the work of the “Mishkan” (Tabernacle).( Midrash Tanchuma , Seder Olam) The is something else about from Rosh Chodesh Tamuz till 9th of Av and I dont know exactly what it is and i know its only 39 days. This forty-day period from the start of Elul to Yom Kippur is called  a  “Eat Ratzon”  (time of favorable will).  Ellul is like a time when we are all given a  “second chance”. Which also seems to be involved in the idea of “teshuva”.  Elul affords us an opportunity to meet God directly. The “king is in the field, ” in other words Elul is the “eat ratzon,”

 

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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