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What is Elul?

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According to tradition, on Rosh Chodesh (1st.) Elul, of the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE) Moses for the 3rd. time ascended Mount Sinai, taking with him the stone tablets for G-d to re-inscribe the Ten Commandments. Moses remained on the mountain for 40 days, from the 1st. of Elul until the 10th. of Tishrei (Yom Kippur). The ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur correspond to the last ten days of the 40-day period Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the second set of tablets. during that time G-d forgave and reconciled with the people of Israel. The month of Elul is the month of repentance, mercy and forgiveness.

“Every cloud has a silver lining”

As we welcome the month of Elul, it is our time, to take the time for a deep soul searching, reflecting on the way we were, the way we are, and the way we would like to be, as a preparation for the coming Day of Judgement, ראש השנה, and Day of Atonement, יום כיפור. Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi compared the month of Elul to a king visiting his peasants in the field before returning to his palace.

The Shofar

During the month of Elul we blow the Shofar every........

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