Torah Message from Rabbi Moldovan
Ani Ledodi V'dodi Li is an acronym of the letters that spell the month of Elul. I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me. Hashem is always our beloved and we strive to come close to him. Why is Elul particularly appropriate for this closeness? The answer is that we all want to come close to Hashem and do the right thing with our lives. But we need help adjusting our compasses to travel in the right direction. During the Yomim Noraim, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Hashem is close to us. He guides us with that little push in his direction. These special days need preparation to be open to this push. Going into Rosh Hashanah cold, without spending some time reflecting on our service of Hashem, is like waking up in a foreign place without knowing why you are there. We are judged on the Yomim Noraim and need to prepare for that judgement with honest introspection. Elul is that important preparatory opportunity. Hashem is beloved to us in Elul since he comes closer to us and makes change easier. He helps us align our lives to focus on him. May we all merit an Elul of growth and a meritorious din on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.