Elul! Selah...

Shalom Transforming Greatness Tribe,

Elul (Hebrew: אֱלוּל) is the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. In the Jewish tradition, the month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

As the last month of the Jewish year, Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and stocktaking -- a time to review one's deeds and spiritual progress over the past year and prepare for the upcoming "Days of Awe" of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

As the month of Divine Mercy and Forgiveness, it is a most opportune time for teshuvah ("return" to God), prayer, and charity, in the quest for self-improvement and coming closer to God. Chassidic master Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi likens the month of Elul to a time when "the king is in the field" and, in contrast to when he is in the royal palace, "everyone who so desires is permitted to meet him, and he receives them all with a cheerful countenance and shows a smiling face to them all."

During this time of reflection, let us let go of things that are not of God and make space for all of His Holiness and Righteousness. Please enjoy Rabbi Yisrael Ben Avraham’s Blog about Elul, this will be one of many that I will share in the next 30 days. Let’s prepare and get in position for His Purpose for our lives in the new season and year 5780/2020.

Baruch HaShem (In Him),

Toni