Elul

A Month to Reflect and Prepare

In this late summer/early fall month that precedes Rosh Hashanah, our faith gives us the opportunity to contemplate the state of our spiritual lives and our relationships with the people we love and God.

The Hebrew letters that make up Elul — aleph, lamed, vav, lamed — are an acronym for Ani L’Dodi, v’Dodi Li (I am My Beloved’s, and My Beloved is Mine), from the Song of Songs, 6:3.

Most often interpreted as love poetry between a man and a woman, the phrase also reflects the love between God and the Jewish people.