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Elul TODAY: (Wednesday) 20 September 2017 : 29 Elul 5777
Elul
(Wed) 20 September 2017 : 29 Elul 5777

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Learn about the Hebrew month of Elul(אלול)

The traditions and customs of Elul are centered on one thing—teshuvah, repentance. With the approach of Rosh Hashanah, the Days of Awe, and Yom Kippur, Elul is dedicated to preparing oneself for these appointed times. Everything from special prayers of s'lichot (forgiveness), the blowing of the shofar after shacharit morning prayers, renewing one's yearly giving of tzedakah (righteous giving), to reciting Psalm 27 as an additional daily prayer, Elul is a month filled with introspection, confession, and restitution. It is at this time of year that we especially take a look at our relationships with brothers and sisters. Traditionally, this...

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TOPICSElul, forgiveness, introspection, repentance, restitution, selichot, teshuvah, tzedakah


Previous Months

The Consolation of Av

Av|אב

The distress that began with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz intensifies as Rosh Chodesh Av appears in the sky. Last month, we remembered the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem. But during Av, the enemy struck the center of Jerusalem...

TOPICSAv, consolation, fasting, judgment, mercy, Tisha B'Av


The Purpose of Fasting

Tammuz|תמוז

Tammuz is the fourth month of the biblical calendar year. "Tammuz" is the Babylonian name of the month. In the few times this month is referred to in Scripture, it is simply referred to as the "fourth month," as in Jeremiah 52:6: "On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land." Historically, Tammuz commemorates many tragedies for the people of God. As we just read, it was during this month that the final days of siege against Jerusalem came to a close....

TOPICSfasting, repentance, siege of Jerusalem, Tammuz, tragedies


The Harvest of Sivan

Sivan|סיון

As the Omer continues to be counted, we come to the third month on the biblical calendar. After the days of the Babylonian exile, this month took on the name Sivan, and is identified as such in Esther 8:9....Not long after Rosh Chodesh, the counting of the Omer is concluded and we come to the Feast of Weeks.

TOPICScounting of the Omer, firstfruits, giving of Torah, harvest, matan Torah, omer, Shavuot, Sivan



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