SIGN:
Virgo
LETTERS:
Yud & Reish
ENERGY:
Returning to the Inner Stillness Within Change
FOCUS:
Action
COLOR:
Yellow-Green
ORGAN:
Left Hand

DIVINE NAME
PERMUTATION
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HOLIDAYS:
S'lichot

The energy of Elul is summed up in the Hebrew word "teshuvah", which means "to return".  Often the energy is described as repentance for wrongdoings of the past year as we prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah in the next month.  However, Kabbalah teaches us that it is more than repentance.  This month gives us the opportunity to return to inner wholeness, to return to the soul and to connect to the Light.  Teshuvah is also a healing of that which keeps us separate from one another.  Kabbalistic healing is different from other healing methods because it consists of going back to the root, to the cause.  This is a cause and effect universe and as such there are consequences for all of our actions.  Negative effects come from negative actions.  In order for us to heal ourselves, we must go back in time to the root of the problem we are now facing.  Very often it is hard to pinpoint exactly which effect is the result of a particular action.  This is a result of living in the world of malchut, time and space create a separation between cause and effect.  The energy of this month allows us to turn inward and to feel regret for the negativity we have shown to others and to the world.  If our intentions are pure and we seek to return and correct the past, then even though we may not be aware of the particular actions, we are cleansed and can begin anew. 

Each day of Elul, we engage in a practice called S'lichot (Click Here for the S'lichot Connection).   It literally means forgiveness and is a time of reflection.   May this month be a time that we return to ourselves and return to the Light. 

Chodesh tov,

 

Elul - By Rabbi Max Weiman

Resources used:  Sefer Yetzirah, Kabbalah Month by Month by Melinda Ribner.  Both of these texts may be found in our K4A Amazon Store.

 

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