Shabbat Mevarchim Rosh Chodesh Elul: Betwixt & Between
“May it be Your Will, God, our Lord, and the Lord of our forefathers, that You inaugurate this month upon us for goodness and for blessing. May You give us long life – a life of peace, a life of goodness, a life of blessing, a life of sustenance, a life of physical health, a life in which there is fear of heaven and fear of sin, a life in which there is no shame nor humiliation, a life of wealth and honor, a life in which we will have love of Torah and fear of heaven, a life in which God fulfills our heartfelt requests for the good. Amen, Selah.”
We stand betwixt and between: Moshe was on Sinai for his second set of Forty days, pleading for God’s forgiveness of the sin of the Golden Calf. He will be coming down on the final day of Tammuz, and hopefully, will go up yet again for a third set of forty days to receive the Second Luchot.
We await his report of God’s forgiveness as we prepare for his third trip and develop strategies so that we will not fall again as we did with the Golden Calf.
This prayer of Blessing the New Month of Elul expresses our status waiting for forgiveness and preparing for regained heights.
“May it be Your Will, God, our Lord, and the Lord of our forefathers, that You inaugurate this month upon us for goodness and for blessing.”
We pray for Moshe’s third trip even before we receive his report of his second. We pray assuming that we will not only be forgiven, but will be granted even more as Moshe ascends Sinai for a third time.
We acknowledge God, that He is our Lord.
We call on the merit of our forefathers.
“May You give us long life.”
We ask that the month of Elul reconnect us to the eternal life we experienced before the Golden Calf.
“A life of peace,”
We ask for inner peace undisturbed by the insecurities that led us in the past to sin.
We request the gift of peace in the Children of Israel, safe from the battles between those who wanted to sin and those who did not.
We ask for peace in our marriages, unlike the Golden Calf when husbands and wives split, with the men sinning and the women holding strong.
We ask for peace between God and Israel, without the strains and stains of our past sins.
“A life of goodness,”
Grant us the ability to enjoy the good You give us, so that we will not stray.
“A life of blessing,”
Please bring Moshe back for a third time to replace the Shattered Tablets, and bless us with a sign that we have regained our heights.
Please bless us with an Elul that is filled with possibilities to achieve the greatest heights.
“A life of sustenance,”
We acknowledge that we ate Your Manna and drank Your water from the rock even as we were rebelling against You with the Golden Calf. We disconnected from the Source of our sustenance. Please grant us an Elul in which we are constantly attuned to You as the Source of all our sustenance.
“A life of physical health,”
We all experienced complete healing at Revelation. We want Moshe’s third trip, his Elul visit on Sinai, to allow us to experience the same complete healing; physical, emotional and spiritual, that we experienced before.
Please grant us an Elul that will be just as that first Elul when Moshe went to receive the Second Tablets; a month of such intense love that we will be completely healed from all illness and suffering.
Note: Insert a prayer here for people who are ill:
“May this month of Elul restore our connection to Sinai so that ___________ will be completely healed just as we were at Revelation.”
“A life in which there is fear of heaven and fear of sin,”
We acknowledge that we need Your help to protect us from sin even as You reach out to us with the intense expression of love that allows us to receive the Second Luchot, and forgiveness of all our sins.
Help us protect the power of this month.
Help us protect the love You are expressing to us.
“A life in which there is no shame nor humiliation,”
The Second Tablets we received at the conclusion of Moshe’s Elul trip, relieved us from the humiliation of having fallen so drastically just forty days after Revelation.
Please grant us an Elul that parallels Moshe’s Elul; a month in which You make it clear that we have regained our greatness and no longer need to experience the shame and humiliation of the Golden Calf and other sins.
“A life of wealth and honor,”
We want an opportunity to use our wealth to honor You, rather than to build Golden Calves. We prayed during that first Elul for such an opportunity, which was granted with the Mitzvah to construct the Mishkan. We want such an opportunity to be granted during this coming Elul as well.
“A life in which we will have love of Torah and fear of heaven,”
We fell so soon after Revelation because of our fear overpowering our love of God and His Torah. We want to use Elul to emphasize our deep love for Your Torah, combined with, but not overpowered by, fear.
“A life in which God fulfills our heartfelt requests for the good.”
You gave us all we wanted and more at Revelation, but we turned it all into evil with the Golden Calf. We want an opportunity to live at such a heightened level of blessing so that we can use it only for good.
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