אֲנִ֤י לְדוֹדִי֙ וְדוֹדִ֣י לִ֔י
I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me.
– Shir HaShirim 6:3
The name of the month of Elul can be read as an acronym for the words of the verse from Shir HaShirim.
It is usually necessary for a person to go through much bureaucracy and clearance to gain access to the King, no matter how important the request is. During the month of Elul, the King (of kings) is in the field, available with open access.
– Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
During Elul and the High Holidays, the “13 Attributes” are commonplace in our liturgy. It is important for these to not only be descriptions of the Almighty’s character but benchmarks for us to emulate.
יְהֹוָ֣ה ׀ יְהֹוָ֔ה אֵ֥ל רַח֖וּם וְחַנּ֑וּן אֶ֥רֶךְ אַפַּ֖יִם וְרַב־חֶ֥סֶד וֶאֱמֶֽת׃ נֹצֵ֥ר חֶ֙סֶד֙ לָאֲלָפִ֔ים נֹשֵׂ֥א עָוֺ֛ן וָפֶ֖שַׁע וְחַטָּאָ֑ה וְנַקֵּה֙
Merciful God, merciful God, powerful God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth. Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations, forgiver of iniquity, willful sin and error, and Who cleanses.
– 13 Attributes of God’s Mercy, Exodus 34:6-7