Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
(Wed) 28 September 2016 : 25 Elul 5776
Learn about the Hebrew month of Elul(אלול)
Elul is the sixth calendar month of the biblical calendar year. It is also the last month of the civil year when counting from Tishrei. The name "Elul" is the Babylonian name of the month. The Bible also refers to this month as Elul, as in Nehemiah 6:15, "So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul..." Because of the approaching new year and the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the month of Elul is focused on repentance and reconciliation. Special prayers called Selichot (forgiveness) are recited during this month. These...Read About This Month
Solemnity and joyfulness are two emotional states that are normally exclusive to one another. However, in the month of Av we experience both as a part of the calendar. On the subject of the aspect and enormity of the month's solemn nature, Av begins in the middle of the three weeks, a period of mourning from the 17th day of Tammuz until the 9th day of Av. This period of time is also called "Bein haMetzarim" ("between the straits"). The significance of this time is that it, as we discussed last month, was the return of the scouts or spies...
The month of Tammuz is upon us. It is as if we blinked our eyes and we were already through the spring festivals. Now it is time to move forward into the long summer months. There are a little less than four months from the end of Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks) until the beginning of the High Holy Days in the fall. Imagine a set of loving and caring parents, the kind that would bend over backward and provide for their children's needs ahead of their own. How absurd would it be if their children, who lacked nothing began...
Last month brought us the daily counting of the Omer, which started during the Festival of Unleavened Bread and ends this month at Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks. The month of Sivan, which is the third month on the biblical calendar, has several events that are remembered. With the recounting of the story of Ruth, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, and the empowering of the believers as recorded in the book of Acts, this month is full of events that are remembered. It is a good and healthy practice to remember events, relationships, and the words of...