Aug 27, 2012

Bi-Polar Judaism

Elul is an incredible gift. 

Elul is a time when even the fish in the sea tremble.

Elul is a time of Divine grace, when the 13 Middos of Mercy prevail.

Elul is when we prepare for our upcoming court case in which our lives hang in the balance.

Elul is a time of Divine love, joy, and closeness, when "I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me."

Elul's shofar is like the bell that signals the end of recess.  Time to buckle down and do teshuva.

Hashem is our loving father.

Hashem is the judge who examines every thought, word and deed we did.

If a capital case is going to be tried, the defendant doesn't feel like it's a gift and a joyous time.  Love and closeness don't go together with intense scrutiny.

Will the real Elul please stand up?

1 comment:

  1. we are also told that Hashem grants us our money for Shabbos and Yomtov as well as chinuch expenses, at Rosh Hashona. The rest of the time that is not Shabbos or Yomtov or the remainder of our expenses after schar limud is what we have to live on. Our Jewish expenses come first and are covered by Hashem. At the same time, we cannot spend more on anything, than what Hashem has made available to us.