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Month of Elul

Each year as summer fades into fall, Jewish tradition invites us to turn inward. The month of Elul precedes the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We dedicate this time to preparing ourselves for the holidays so that we can experience them as fully as possible. During Elul we are asked to look into ourselves. We think about who we are and who we want to be. Whose forgiveness do we need in order for us to enter a new year with a clean slate? Judaism offers help for this period of introspection in several ways: The shofar sounds daily, awakening us from complacency; later in the month, prayers of repentance—selikhot—are added to the daily liturgy. Perhaps most important, during Elul, we can support each other through the process of requesting and offering forgiveness with full and open hearts. 

Now and Forever, S'lichot

Alden Solovy
The prayers and tunes of S’lichot are meant to crack into our yearnings for all that is good, righteous and holy, and to point us toward our own errors. We’ve put stumbling blocks in front of...  more
Blog Post | September 12, 2017

Counting Down to Rosh Hashanah

Ariana Katz
For me, living in two civilizations means that they inform one another. When I blow my New Years Eve party horn in the winter, I remember the echoes of the shofar in the fall. I love a New Year’s...  more
Blog Post | September 8, 2017

New Resources for the High Holidays: Embracing the Stranger

By Rabbi Deborah Waxman
A new collection of resources for the High Holidays focuses on the theme of Embracing the Stranger. During the Jewish month of Elul, we begin the spiritual journey toward the Yamim Noraim (the...  more
Blog Post | August 21, 2017

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