Rosh Hashanah began on the eve of the Shabbat (Seventh-day Sabbath), September 17, 2009
The 6th Jewish month of Elul has just past. Why should we as Lost Israelites care? Am I not just as happy at being noted for my heritage living in the lands of my birth; Dutch, South African, German, Swedish, England, French, German, American, or any of the Northern European or British Commonwealth Countries of the world.
The future of my job may be shaky, and I am uneasy about the economy of my national homeland but Europe and American are the global economic powerhouses of the world and we will prevail. Yet, we cannot shake off that dys-ease of our soul and so we continue to search for the regions of greatest prosperity.
The Aramaic name for the month of Elul means “search”. For what and whom are we searching? Is this an identity search, a professional search, a search for a new and more prosperous homeland, a search for a partner or a spiritual search for my soul mate. In the sacred writ, our deepest search of our being is for our spiritual soul mate who is called by the wisest king that ever ruled, as our “Beloved” Bridegroom.
Song of Solomon 6:3 – “My beloved has gone to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine. He feeds his flock among the lilies.”
We, as Israelites, regardless of our present religious faith, are recognized by HaShem, the God of Israel as His bride, and whether we have been faithful, rebellious, or have shamed His name among the nations, He still awaits with love and devotion in the garden or Gans Israel (Garden of Eden), the place of love and beauty.
As the letters of the word, ELUL, spell out, they reveal the hidden message and secret in the acronym:
“Ani l’dodi v dodi I”
“I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.”
In traditions of the Jewish wedding “Ketubah” contract, the romantic declaration is declared as one of residing in the unsurpassed beauty of a gorgeous garden. That this was a shared experience is highlighted by the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca, the consummation of a marriage was never experienced until the autonomous consent was given by the betrothed, the “bride to be”. If you choose to accept your betrothed as the God of Israel and be restored to the family promises of the glorious restoration of all Israel as the “bride” of YHVH’s as your bridegroom, then your destiny has finally arrived. Whatever your past may be, you have the divine promise as one of the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel, that by your choice, you shall be redeemed, restored into fellowship with your cousin the Jews, and saved:
Ezekiel 36:22-28 (parts) – “Therefore say to the House of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: ‘I do not do this for your sake, O House of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake…and I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,’ says the Lord God, ‘when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.
For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them
Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”
This is your promise by the God of Israel and it is yet to be fulfilled. What HaShem (God of Israel) promises, He will do, not because we are worth it, but to Honor His Holy Name!