Heavens touches earth this month, beginning today. Think of a tall father bending over his small son and thereby allowing the son to reach his hand easily, letting his son see into his face. There is a spatial bend whereby spiritual becomes a bit closer, a bit more attainable, where G-d makes Himself a bit nearer to us.
This time of love between us and G-d has been etched into existence by the fact that G-d forgave our sin of the Golden Calf and allowed our nation to recapture that which we had lost by giving us a second set of Luchos (tablets). Today, Rosh Chodesh Elul, is the anniversary when Moshe ascended on high again to begin anew the process of getting us the Torah from on high.
A sad story: young girls coerced into relationships they did n0t want and then told they were prostitutes and pressured into that line of work. One such girl is a mere fourteen years old, throwing up her hands in despair, telling her mentor that whatever she will do from now on won’t count anymore as “I’m a prostitute, anyway.” Painted into a corner psychologically first by the predator and then by an unsupportive/judgmental family and community. And I texted the mentor to tell that young girl thus: “Rachav Hazonah married Yehoshua and merited to have many Nevi’im be her descendants, including Yirmiyahu Hanavi.” Texted back the mentor, “Cool”. It is way more than cool, my friends, it is downright awesome to have a reset button that ensures mistakes and sins don’t stay a stain upon us.
No past precludes any of us from being royalty. No smallness of stature blocks our relationship with G-d in this month. For G-d Himself bends down to us. And if we but lift up our hands to Him, we get lifted up toward the waiting spiritual heights.
and for those who want a musical interlude: Shuli Rand does his soul-searching Ayecka — a cry out to G-d — and the answer to that cry is this month – -G-d would answer Shuli, don’t ask where I am, I’m right here – -where are you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oo2JskBPgA
Gutten Chodesh, everyone.