Being in Eretz Yisrael for almost two months was a spiritually uplifting experience. A few years ago, when I lived in Florida and was visiting New York for Tishrei, my friend told me to soak it in because the experience of Tishrei would power up my entire year. During this trip, I used that same mentality. Therefore, I hope that I soaked in enough from my visit to help power up this year and years to come.
This past Sunday was Rosh Chodesh Elul. The Alter Rebbe teaches that the month of Elul is a time where the king is in the field. The king corresponds to Hashem and the field corresponds to the level within ourselves that we can achieve by doing our work. When a field worker has his boss show up on special occasions he would try and achieve more than usual. The same is true with Elul and avodas Hashem.
During this month, let's use the energy we have attained through past experiences to fuel our future accomplishments. During this week, let's take one mitzvah and improve on it. For example, if you daven shacharis alone, try davening with a minyan once this week. With this thought in mind, let's storm the gates of heaven and bring Moshiach today.
All the best
Avrohom Y Ross