Love. It is the most powerful of human emotions. We all crave it. We cannot live without it. And yet it is so overwhelming, so all-encompassing, that there is no way to measure it, prove it, define it, or even describe it. When we speak of the intellect, it is represented by the mind. And when we speak of the emotions, specifically of love, the heart represents them.
The month that we are now in, Elul, is the key to unlocking the inner and most potent meaning of the heart.
As is well known, the Hebrew letters that make the word “Elul,” aleph, lamed, vav and lamed, are an acronym for the phrase, from Song of Songs, ani l’dodi v’dodi li, which means “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.” This beautiful and romantic phrase is that which represents our relationship with our Creator, which is often paralleled to that of a husband and wife, a bride and groom, in our individual lives. May love grow for us all in the month of ELUL.
About Rabbi Miriam
Rabbi Miriam E. Hamrell MHL, M.Ed., has served as our religious and spiritual leader at Ahavat Torah Congregation and helped it grow since it was founded in 2003.