Cleaning the Hard Drive
"Defragging" is a process that physically reorganizes the contents of your computer hard drive into the smallest number of contiguous regions (fragments). It is the computer equivalent of taking a jumbled pile of miscellaneous papers that are strewn across your desk, organizing them into files, and then putting them into a cabinet in alphabetical order. In the same way as our computers run more quickly, efficiently, and smoothly after a process of defragging, human beings could benefit from a similar process. While we could do emotional, spiritual, and interpersonal "spring cleaning" at any point, if we take this time period seriously, Elul affords us our yearly opportunity to "defrag." The best part about defragging is that, as it organizes the files, it also creates larger areas of free space. When we get all of the various "stuff" that clogs our lives in order, we function better.