Our Attentive Father

אלול is a contraction for אני לדודי ודודי לי – “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” Rabbi Ephraim Wachsman Shlita points out that there is no separation between the words אני and לדודי . The connotation is that our whole existence, אני לדודי (“I am to my Beloved”), is provided by Hashem. Similarly, there are no words separating ודודי and לי (“my Beloved is mine”), connoting that our Father is wholly consumed with us, his “children,” taking pleasure in our individual growth and basking in supreme delight over our movement towards His Divine presence.

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