Elul: Desire Print
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

ElulThe special quality of these days, to kindle our aspirations to return to Hashem, has its roots in the first Elul Israel experience as a nation, when people were steeped in intense repentance over the sin of the Golden Calf . The Sages tell us that that sin was not completely expiated at the time; instead Hashem amortized the punishment we deserved and continually extracts it in small portions whenever we need to be punished for other offenses (cf. Rashi, Shemos 32:34). We may assume that the profound desire to return to Hashem we felt that first Elul also continues to reverberate in our national soul during this month – even today and throughout all generations.