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THEMES of Featured Ascent Lights

Gateway to the New Year
Elul is the gateway to the month of judgment and reward.
To help bring the forces of good to victory, each of us has to act as both "judge", to determine if a certain desired behavior is correct according to Jewish law and try to act accordingly, as well as "policeman" - if our natural inclination does not wish to obey, we must force it to comply.
Elul: Preparing for a Lion
The month of Elul contains the power of repentance and redemption.
The Shelah comments that when the "lion" of the High Holy Days arrives, people feel the urge to change their behavior for the better in preparation of the Day of Judgment.
Elul: Exposing our Perfection
Elul is the month when we do battle, as it were, with our deepest insecurities, negativities and challenges.
During the month of Elul, we prepare for the high holy days by dealing with our past and accounting for our previous deeds. We do battle, as it were, with our deepest insecurities, negativities and challenges.
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