Elul

Elul, the shofar of compassion.  Froom the Kabbalah of Rabbi Ashlag

I am for my Beloved, and my Beloved is for me.

by yedidah on September 8, 2014

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Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag teaches that the language of the Kabbalah and much of the Talmud is dealing with relationships between spiritual roots, albeit using words familiar to us in our everyday speech. A literal interpretation thus causes distortions of understanding. A classical misunderstanding applies to the saying of the Sages of the Talmud relating to Rosh Hashanah,

The Talmud states that on Rosh Hashanah three books are opened, on book for the righteous, who are straightway listed for life, one for the wicked, who are straightaway listed for death and one for those in between whose fate is undecided until Yom Kippur.

In order to understand this in its true sense we need to first know that this entire statement applies to aspects within us. The righteous within us is the will to give goodness and compassion to our Creator and to our fellow-man. This is the aspect we wish to keep alive and list in the book of life.

The aspect of the wicked within us is our selfishness and our ego- orientated desires. We indeed would like to let these die.

But how to come to these decisions? These are not simple decisions to make! Can we say such a thing and really mean it? This is the work of Elul the month we are in now.

From an oral talk by Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag, the Baal HaSulam to his students in the month of Elul. HaShem Shamati Shimecha Yareiti vol. 2

Other talks for Elul:

Forty days of love: From Elul to Yom Kippur

Enjoying the month of Elul

Shame is a precious feeling

 

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Shame is a consequence of our Divinity

Shame is a precious feeling

by yedidah on August 20, 2013

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One of the problems of the work of the month of Elul is the language of confession, sin and repentance. We want to get closer to God. We understand this as being the message of the month of Elul.  But the emphasis on looking at areas in our lives where we have messed up and the feelings of shame this arouses, is difficult for us all.

The Sages, however,  see the feeling of shame as something positive! Shame wakes up in us when we sense a discrepancy between our acts and our potential, and it has the power to bring us to true Teshuvah.

Talk inspired from Ani l’Dodi, writings for the month of Elul, by Rabbi Chaim Sabato with understandings from the Kabbalah of Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag

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The Joy of the Month of Elul

by yedidah August 20, 2012
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Elul is the month when God’s closeness is revealed to us and the soul , our true Self can reconnect with God

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