There’s a lot riding on this month of Elul as we journey to the Days of Awe; a period of healing, time to reflect on our lives and our relationships – with the expectation that we can return to a clean slate.
In Maimonides’ “The Laws of Repentance” (הלכות תשובה) he explains “The principle of freedom of choice is a basic concept and a pillar on which the entire Torah & mitzvot rest, as it is written: ‘See, I have set before you today to choose between life and good, death and evil.’ (Deut. 30:15)”. In other words we have a choice in the matter, but how in the world can we make such life altering decisions (and if necessary changes) without dedicated time towards such contemplation? If buying a house or car requires time and consideration – all the more so your life.
The month of Elul is an awakening of sorts and a realignment of our priorities beginning with our relationships. The time for reflection is upon us, the choice is yours.