ELUL Day 9
The first letters of the Hebrew verse, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Song 6:3) spell out Elul in Hebrew, signifying that there is an intimate and loving closeness between God (my Beloved) and His people during this last month of the Biblical calendar. (By the way, this is a wonderful mantra to repeat and sing during this month during meditation.)
Elul is the month of spiritual preparation for the High Holy Feast of Tabernacles. This is the inner work of spiritual accountability and returning to one’s true essence (known as teshuvah, “repentance”) done during this month affects our capacity to stand before God and draw down blessings for the coming Biblical year of 5780.