Elul: Future Oriented
Rav Kook describes the Patriarchs as being very present in Olam Hazeh – this world – yet always focused on the future. Each step they took in the present was focused on their ultimate future in the World to Come.
Elul is a time of looking forward. We live in anticipation of the coming Days of Awe. It is our opportunity to refocus from living in the immediate present to living in the present with a focus on our future.
We easily slip into a trap of focusing on our past. After all, we want to repair our relationship with God by fixing the damage of our misdirected choices. Elul reminds us to focus not on the past, but on living in the present with our eyes on the future.
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