First we are not
Then we belong to —
I am Yours
When I am less —
*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.