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In these days we have the
power to purify ourselves. The 40 days from the beginning of Elul until Yom
are like a Mikva. In each day there are 24 hours. Multiplying 40 (days) by 24
(hours), we arrive at a total of 960. This is the amount of water in Lugin (measurement) that a Mikva
contains (40 סאה
is 960 Lugin). In this way we can grasp מה מקוה מטהר את הטמאים אף הקב"ה מטהר את ישראל;
just as a Mikva purifies the impure in the 960 Lugin of the Mikva, Hashem
purifies us in these 960 hours.
R’ Alt merited to learn under the
tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received
Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written on numerous topics
for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a
suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is
passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
These are 40 days of Teshuva since Moshe ascended to
heaven for the second Luchos during this period (Pirkei Drebi Eliezer 46. See
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 128:2, Mishna Brura, Hilchos Rosh Hashana 581). The
Chassam Sofer teaches that during these days we should pour out our שיח
(speech) to Hashem as it says ולפני ה' ישפך שיחו; pour forth supplications before
Hashem (with Vidui and the like)- Tehillim 102:1. 40 (days) is the numerical
value of מ.
Adding a מ to
the word שיח we
This brings Moshiach closer. Moreover, משיח shares the same sum as נחש
(358) since there is a Nachash in Kedusha- Yishai, the father of Mashiach, as
this is what he is referred to- אביגל בת נחש
(Shmuel 2, 17:25).
Bnei Yissaschar, Elul 1:15
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