The love story of the Song of Songs is a metaphor for the love between Hashem and His children. During the current Hebrew month of Elul, Jews all over the world strive to repent and improve their actions. The word Elul is an acronym for ‘anee l’dodee v’dodee lee – אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי (I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine) from Song of Songs. Though connecting to God is attainable all year round, the sages teach that during Elul, “the King is in the field.” This means that one may more easily reach God. Anee l’dodee v’dodee lee is the idea that there is a reciprocal relationship between man and God. When man awakens his heart and actions toward God, greater Godliness in revealed in this world and a relationship with Him is more accessible. In the above verse, the people turn to Hashem, their Beloved, and ask that He hurry like a gazelle “to the hills of spices,” which is a metaphor for the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They wish to be redeemed quickly from their bitter exile. They beg for God to return them to the land of Israel, and for His presence to also return to the Holy Land and to the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim.

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