from Bittul Means Little Series

Elul*

First we are not
Then we belong to —
You

Sequence of
Approach

Bittul
We become
Little

We become

Yours
When first
We diminish.

I am Yours
When I am less —

Less first,
Then

More.

jsg, usa

Sources:

*Month of Inward-li-ness [Emerson]

**From Sefas Emes on Shoftim, Psalm 100:3 God made us and not we ourselves
Keri v’Ketiv variants give us the Elul – read V’lo [pronoun] anachnu [we] and V’lo [negative] anachnu[we]

Read them backwards and we get Elul: The intersection –
the more a person negates self-ful-ness [Bittul ha-yesh] — the closer a person draws to G*d-li-ness.

Lo anachnu — we belong to Hashem. These are two parts of avodat HaShem[service]:
First to diminish, then to draw close.