Do you play a musical instrument? Do you like playing sports or are you a gym nut?
I ask because all of these take preparation. Before running a 5k, you warm-up, walking briskly to get your muscles prepared for the jaunt ahead. Before a concert, you play scales on your instrument, tuning it and going over some riffs before the conductor raises the baton.
This month of Elul is our warmup.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur can be likened to the race, or the concert. They are the events we are training for. These 30 days of Elul help us to spiritually warm ourselves up so that we will be ready.
The High Holidays are meant to be the culminating days of an experiencing that starts now.
Let us remember to do our spiritual stretches on each of these days of Elul.