Elul is special in its own right because the days of Elul are "Yimei Ratzon"; days of goodwill and favor and not just because in it are The high holydays ofm Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

On Rosh Chodesh Elul Hashem began to forgive Bnei Yisroel for the Chet HaEgel and told Moshe Rabbeinu to come up to Shamayim to write the second luchos. He stayed in Shamayim for 40 days until Yom Kippur when the atonement for the Egel was complete and Moshe came down with the second Luchos. These 40 days Hashem is close to us and is inclined to give us what we ask for.

It is a waste not to take advantage of every moment both in torah and tefilla or at least to increase the quantity and intensity of both . In fact Hashem did us a tremendous favor by making the Yom HaDin during this time in order that we should be judged favorably.

May we all increase our willingness to do teshuva during this time and make the most of our closeness to Hashem, and have our Tefillah answered positively and gain closeness to Hashem through Torah!


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