Month Before Rosh Hashanah (Elul)


Elul is the Month Before Rosh Hashanah. It is referred to as the time when the king is in the field. In other times it is referred by its acrostic (meaning that the letters of the words relate to a previous statement whose first letters spell out Elul). The acrostic being “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me,” a quote from the Song of Love, or Shir HaShirim, by King Solomon. This clearly alludes to Elul as being a time of love

Month Before Rosh Hashanah—Elul, a time for love appropriately fits with the concept of “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me”. This is because for us, the King—God is our beloved and that we desire that our beloved should be ours.

Hence, before the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, when all mankind stand in judgment, we are given the golden opportunity during Elul to present ourselves to the King of the Universe in a personal manner. The other reference to Elul that the king is in the field means that the kind has descended from his throne to see the status of his kingdom, the produce in the field and his subjects i.e. the inhabitants of his kingdom.

Elul—Month Before Rosh Hashanah is thus termed as the meeting of the God with his people in order to speak to them and understand their problems. It allows the subjects easy access to God and enables them to show their love, respect to Him. This meeting is prior to the judgment day—Rosh Hashanah. And Elul is considered as the sweetening of the judgment of God through love of his subjects. Only two important things are required to change the decisions of the God and i.e. honest and true heart.

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