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Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.

Elul TODAY: (Thursday) 3 September 2015 : 19 Elul 5775
Elul
(Thu) 3 September 2015 : 19 Elul 5775

The Shofar Call of Elul

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...

TOPICSElul, forgiveness, mercy, reconciliation, repentance, selichot, shofar


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Destruction And Consolation

Av|אב

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...

TOPICSAv, consolation, destruction of Temples, fasting, return, seven weeks, solemnity


Expressions of Sorrow

Tammuz|תמוז

Sorrow, grief, lamentation, mourning, depression; these are all human emotions. Hey, even Yeshua wept! We all deal with grief; it is a part of our experience. The Bible has many expressions of sorrow and the Psalms are a prime example. You may be surprised to discover that 57 of the 150 Psalms are laments...

TOPICSfasting, judgment, lamentation, mourning, Tammuz, three weeks, tragedies


The First Fruits of Sivan

Sivan|סיון

Sivan is the third month of the biblical calendar year. The name "Sivan" is the Babylonian name of the month. It is referred to as such in the Bible, "So the king's scribes were called at that time in the third month (that is, the month of Sivan), on the twenty-third day..." 1 The Torah refers to the month simply as "the third month" as it says in Exodus 19:1, "In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai." In the...

TOPICSfirstfruits, harvest, matan Torah, Pentecost, shavuot, shofar, Sinai, Sivan