Perhaps the most famous allusion of Elul in all of Tanach is that voiced by Shlomo HaMelech in Shir HaShirim,
‘אני לדודי ודודי לי’ ‘I am for my Beloved and my Beloved is for me’. As it is well known, the first letters of each of these words, when combined, form the word Elul. The first Elul when Moshe ascended Mt. Sinai, the Jewish people took the 1st step repenting from their flirtation with idolatry. Hashem matched their initiative by accepting Israel’s teshuvah. So too, every Elul a direct association exists between Israel’s return to Hashem (I am for my Beloved) and Hashem’s subsequent rapprochement with the Jewish people (and my Beloved is for me). The more effort expended by the Jewish people as it returns to Hashem, the greater will be the assistance rendered by Him towards facilitating our teshuvah.
Source: Days of Awe (Artscroll)

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