We are now 2 weeks before Rosh Hashanah. This should make us excited and it also is good & normal if we have a bit of trepidation, Yiras Shamayim. As David Ha Melech tells us in Tehillim, these are awesome days – days of elevation and feeling so close to Hashem - Days of tremendous rejoicing and Days of Awe.
Rosh Hashanah is a brand-new start for us and the month of Elul is the hachuna (preparation). Elul is about Ani l’dodi v dodi li. It is all about love for Hashem, and before you can make Hashem the King of all the world, you have to love him and make a relationship with him. True love means appreciating the goodness. Everyone talks about Chesbon hanefesh (a spiritual accounting of the soul). By appreciating every thing that Hashem does for us, that is the cheshbon hanefesh, that is the hachuna we need to do during the month of Elul. Coming close to Hashem and loving him and being grateful.
We dedicate our learning today in celebration of the birthday of our dear GEM sister Janet. Yom Huledet Sameach Janet!