The month of Elul is predicated upon the concept of love. Numerous times in our daily prayers we mention Hashem’s tremendous love for his nation, Israel. King Solomon in SONG OF SONGS writes: אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי: I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me. Reb Chaim Shmulevitz says no matter what transpires in our life, we should feel as safe and secure as a baby in its mother’s arms.

Rabbi Dovid Hoffman in TORAH TAVLIN points out the importance of closeness to Hashem. The closer we bring ourselves to Hashem, the closer He will be to us! This is the basic innate desire of each Jew: דביקות השם Closeness to God.

Our Rabbis teach teshuva--repentance preceded the creation of the world. (PESSACHIM 54A) As a consequence of our behavior, we have moved away from Hashem. Elul gives us the chance to make amends, change our conduct and begin the process of coming closer to Hashem once again. King David in the Book of Psalms writes: וַאֲנִי קִרֲבַת אֱלֹהִים לִי טוֹב As for me, nearness to God is good.

Let us take the words of King David to heart: Closeness to Hashem is a good thing!

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