So Elul comes to us every year to give us a month to prepare for the High Holy Days instead of cramming our teshuva in at the last minute. We keep asking God to open the gates for us. But Elul is when God asks us to open OUR gates, to soften, listen, to assess our selves. God holds the keys to many gates, but one ke…y God doesn’t hold is the key to the human heart. That’s in our hands.