Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tamuz Av Elul

Elul is called Elul Rahamim in many circles.  We ask Hashem to have mercy upon us in this month.  After the months of Tamuz and Av, which have traditionally been months of sadness for the Jewish people, we need a month that we can get use to get back up on our feet and prepare for the upcoming Rosh Hashana holiday and the new year.

The Ben Ish Hai says (Wikisource in English!) that Tamuz, Av, and Elul all belonged to Esav, but Yaakov snatched Elul from him.  In the future, we will also take Tamuz and Av, but alas, we cannot do so yet.

Tamuz this year brought us the kidnapping and murder of Leiby Kletzky A"H, the murder of Baba Elazar ZT"L.  Av this year brought us terror in Eilat, rockets from Gaza, and Hurricane Irene.

Elul is shaping up to be just as scary, if not scarier.  A new hurricane in the Atlantic is taking shape (Hurricane Katia), both Iran and Israel are sending warships to the Red Sea, and the Palestinian Authority is trying to declare a state, which will most likely lead to violence no matter what happens.

However, when I say "no matter what happens", I may be limiting the possibilities.  If we snatched Elul from Esav, we need to take control of it, and we can.  How do we take control of things that are seemingly out of our control?

Teshuva, Tefilla, Utzdaka Ma'avirin et Ro'a Hagezeira.  The cure is there for the taking:  repentance from our sins because we want to get closer to Hashem, prayer like we mean it, and charity because we care.  This will change Elul around and will give us control.  Of course, Hashem is in control, but if we turn things around, רצון יראיו יעשה - Hashem will do what we want Him to do, and He will turn things around too.

Even before Elul started, we received the good news of the acquittal of one of the boys in Japan.  We hope that this is a sign of only good things to come.  May we take advantage of this month in which we are closest to Hashem to do the acts that make us closer.  And may Hashem bring us closer to Him with the return of His Shechina to the Beit Hamikdash with the coming of Mashiah, speedily in our days, Amen.


At Tue Aug 30, 02:40:00 PM 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also the Hurricane Irene damage along and near the shore was less than feared (though still considerable). Our prayers do matter!

At Tue Aug 30, 09:45:00 PM 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not only jews, but gentiles must wake up to israel being the light to all nations as instructed by Hashem, and wake up and give up their idolatrous ways and return to the 7 laws. thanks for an inspiring thought provoking article.

At Wed Aug 31, 02:03:00 AM 2011, Blogger Devash said...

How many Jews in chu"l will finally do teshuva for rejecting the Land of Israel?

At Wed Aug 31, 08:00:00 AM 2011, Blogger bracha said...


Please don't think that any Jew 'rejects the Land of Israel' chalia.
The Land of Israel, The Jewish People and Hashem are forever 'intertwined'.
I live in chu'l whether I like it or not.
My heart is with The Land and The People and with Hashem.
As YAK so poignantly wrote: May Hashem bring us closer to Him with the return of His Shechina to the Beit Hamikdash with the coming of Mashiah, [bekarov beyameinu] Amen!


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