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09/23/2022 01:46:29 PM


 And G-d your G-d will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants to love G-d your G-d..."

Children's upbringing and the month of Elul

On the verse in our Parsha "ומל ה' אלקיך את לבבך ואת לבב זרעך לאהבה את ה' אלקיך בכל לבבך" the Avudram wrote, and the Baal Haturim brought down, that the first letters of the words "את לבבך ואת לבב זרעך" – " your heart and the heart of your descendants" spell out אלול.

We must understand this. Why is the month of Elul alluded to in regards to "your descendants"?

The holy Rabbi of Shinova explained: We should know that a person's sins create a blemish on his children as well, therefore it says "And G-d your G-d will circumcise your heart" – that you should repent. And by your total repentance you will also remove the blemish from your descendants that had come from your sins. That is why it says "and the heart of your descendants". By your correcting your heart, the hearts of your descendants will also be mended. This is alluded to in the words "your heart and the heart of your descendants"- "את לבבך ואת לבב זרעך"  - the acronym for the word אלול – - Elul – because the month of Elul is suitable for this (to mend a person's soul as well as his descendant's souls).


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