I find it fitting that our Torah readings for the month of Elul come from Deuteronomy, mostly filled with Moses reminiscing -looking back on his life, the life of the Hebrew people. This is what we do the entire month of Elul. We look back, we measure, we evaluate and we begin to change in order to build a better future. Many of us like to try and ignore the past and push it out of our heads. We don’t want to deal with mistakes, confront our failings or re-open wounds. Then we come to this month of Elul. Elul reminds us that if we want our future to be different than our past, we have to reflect - no matter how uncomfortable we feel - and we need to take a long and hard look at our choices, learning from our mistakes and committing to not making them again. Looking back does not guarantee that we will be stuck in the past; it is what ensures that the past remain in the past, so that we can be free to journey into our future.