elul month

Elul: The Hebrew Month for Soul Reflection

I was speaking in my last post about the holidays, fasts and special days that make up our Jewish calendar. Of course, we are all engaged in the global world so we organize our days by the standard calendar. But, we also have a Jewish calendar and this is one of the many things that a newly observant Jew comes to discover. We know the main events of course: Pesach, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Chanukah. And then there is Succot and Shavuot, although these two holidays are not fully observed. But, we also have an entire month—the month of Elul, which begins this year on September 3rd. (more…)