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Chodesh Elul:
The Golden Opportunity and its Demands

Lesson 5: August 31 / Elul 9

אַחַת שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵאֵת ה' אוֹתָהּ אֲבַקֵּשׁ שִׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית ה' כָּל יְמֵי חַיַּי לַחֲזוֹת בְּנֹעַם ה' וּלְבַקֵּר בְּהֵיכָלוֹ

“One thing I ask from the Lord, one thing I desire—that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the pleasantness of the Lord and to meditate in His sanctuary.” [Tehillim/Psalms 27:4]

During the entire month of Elul and throughout the High Holy days, we recite this Psalm as a prayer with its vision of resting in the house of the Lord because Elul is a time to seek intimate closeness to God. So central is this idea to the reality of this month that the very word ELUL [Alef-Lamed-Vav-Lamed] is an acronym for the phrase “ani l’dodi v’dodi li — I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine (Shir HaShirim 6:3).”

In what way do you experience God’s special love during this period? What can you do so that you may better perceive this love? Journal your insights.

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