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THEMES of Featured Ascent Lights

Gateway to the New Year
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 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
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.