The Unification of Faith and Hope in the month of Elul

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Studying the Soul with Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh In the month of Elul we add a chapter of Psalms to our prayers, twice daily Once in the morning prayers, and then some say it in the afternoon prayers and some in the evening prayers Chapter 27 in Psalms, “zach”, L’David Hashem ori v’yishi” How does this chapter end? The last two verses of this chapter are “Lulai” – If I hadn’t believed to see the goodness of God in the land of the living. Hope for God, strengthen and fortify your heart and hope for God.” Apparently, this emotion, this finale, is particularly relevant to the month of Elul. And thus there is a very, very clear allusion that it is relevant to Elul, and that is the word, “Lulai.” “Lulai” – If I hadn’t believed to see the goodness of God in the land of the living. ‘Lulai’ is an anagram for “Elul’ So it is particularly relevant to the month of Elul What is “I believed to see the goodness of God in the land of the living?” This verse includes faith, sight, goodness and the land of the living. The land of the living is the Land of Israel. In the soul, faith is in the Crown, in the super-conscious. Sight is Wisdom, it is the inner dimension of the intellect Goodness is goodness of heart. It is in the heart, it is an emotion. And the land of the living, the Land of Israel, is the kingdom It is the building of the Kingdom (Malchut), which is what we are preparing to do on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur To make God King, to build God’s kingdom in the world, the kingdom of Israel here in the Land of Israel Afterwards, the last verse says, “Hope for God, strengthen and fortify your heart and hope for God.” We have to hope, to be strengthened, to exert effort so that it will happen. And after every stage we have to hope again So what we have here is “Lulai,” “If I wouldn’t believe. ” Elul begins with faith Then there is an intensification of hope. A lot of hope. “Hope for God, strengthen and fortify your heart and hope for God” Now let us do a nice gematriah. How much is faith (emunah) plus hope (tikvah)? First we believe to see the goodness of God in the land of the living And afterwards, “Hope for God, strengthen and fortify your heart and hope for God.” Faith is 102, hope is 511, if we add them together we get 613, the number of mitzvot All the mitzvot of the Torah. Apparently our entire Torah is a combination it is the connection and unification in the soul of faith, “to see the goodness of God in the land of the living” with hope. Good hope, strong hope with strength and fortitude. “Hope for God, strengthen and fortify your heart and hope for God.”

 

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