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“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”
– Viktor E. Frankl
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
– Andy Warhol
“אני לדודי ודודי לי”
“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.
This concept can be illustrated by way of analogy: Before a king enters a city, its inhabitants15 go out to greet him and receive him in the field. At that time, anyone who so desires may go out and greet him. He receives them all pleasantly and shows a smiling countenance to all.
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.
– Exodus 34:6-7
the “13 Attributes” arouse divine mercy, the recitation of these alone is inadequate. Rather, we need to make sure that in action, our own lifestyles reflect these attributes as well.
For example, the Talmud says that if you are patient with others, then God will be patient with you. You can only demand that God employ all these attributes if you apply them in your own relationships.
Small Acts of Kindness