Understanding And Engaging The Month Of Elul
There are many remazim (hints) throughout the Torah to the letters of the word 'Elul', the month before Rosh Hashana. It is worthwhile to learn from the sefer Tomer Devorah (The Palm Tree of Devorah) during the month of Elul, as a way of working on one's middos (character traits), especially in relating to our fellow Jews. When a Jew is in pain, Hashem, so to speak, is also in pain. Also, every Jew should feel the pain and the simcha (joy) of another Jew, since we are all really one. Hashem taking us out of Egypt was an expression of the middah of Hashem feeling our suffering, which came about because the Jewish policemen in Egypt were sensitive to and tried to relieve the suffering of other Jews, even at their own expense.