Rosh Hodesh Elul: Aug.-Sept.

The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration. In recent decades, Rosh Hodesh has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual, and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages. Rosh Hodesh groups, meeting monthly, offer a women’s space in time. (Some men’s gatherings have begun as well, sometimes associated with kiddush levanah, celebrating the coming full moon.)

 

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woman with backpack facing a wintry lake and mountains

Audio/video shiviti meditation chant

Miriam’s Moon: A Shiviti Meditation

New moon meditation

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“The new moon is a new universe for women”

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A song for the new moon

A Sliver in the Sky: A Song for Rosh Hodesh

A reminder that we have Elul to return to ourselves, the people we have wronged, and each other

Return:  A Prayer for Elul

A poem based on Psalm 27, highlighting a few additional requests from God

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A poem welcoming the month of Elul

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A meditation for the tasks ahead
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A summary of facts, characters, and holidays pertaining to the month of Elul

Essence of Elul

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