Elul: Only A Second

Aug 25th, 2009 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth
“God, your Lord, will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring.” (Deuteronomy 30:6) The first letters of “your heart and the heart of your offspring” spell Elul.

It only takes one second for a person to change. Change is not a skill reserved for the most pious or holy. It is available to, and possible and essential for each human being.

A person who believes that he cannot change in an instant will never be able to change. The moment to change will never come, for he does not understand that such moments are possible.

Why does he not change? Because he feels unable to leave his current path at this moment. The second and third moments will follow in turn and he will not change.

The moment is now.

Madreigat HaAdam, Volume I, Page 152

The month of Elul is a month of individual moments, each with a special promise of change. God will circumcise our hearts so that we will be open to each of these moments.

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