Elul:Lo Lo

The word Elul is comprised of two words, lo and lo. One is written with an aleph, and means no, and the other is written with a vav, and means to him. It is said (Tehillim 100:3 ) hu asanu vilo anachnu amo vitzon mariso, He made us and we are His, His nation and the sheep of His pasture. The Sfas Emes quotes the Chiddushei HaRim who said that the word lo is written with an aleph and read with a vav. Thus, we are saying that by negating ourselves, we are His. This, says the Sfas Emes, is the meaning of Elul, when we negate ourselves to become His. The Shem MiShmuel writes that the word Elul itself is derived from the word Elil (Iyov 13:4) which means no value. Thus, our approach in the month of Elul should be that we are insignificant before the Master of the world, and then we can merit to be vindicated on Rosh HaShanah, the Day of Judgment.

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