Vol. 10 No. 51, 28 Av - 4 Elul, 5774 / August 24 - 30, 2014
A note from the staff of Kabbalah Online in Tzefat
Elul is the final and "last-chance" month of the Jewish year . It leads directly into Rosh HaShanah. Therefore it is associated with "soul-accounting" and repentance (see first 2 articles). It begins this Tuesday. Look here next week for more features on this important season.
Have you seen our original exciting impressive rhyming translation of Lecha Dodi? Check the 3rd article. Follow through to the Kabbalah-based commentary, too.
The Month of Elul
Mercy Month Adapted from the works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi Elul is a time when everyone has access to supernal benevolence.
Song for Elul From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai; translation and commentary by Shmuel-Simcha Treister, based on Metok MiDevash In the month of repentance, we utilize the power of song to overcome challenges
Lecha Dodi By Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz A completely new approach to translating this Shabbat greeting song
Divination: Forbidden and Permitted From the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; adapted by Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky The Torah forbids divination because we must lead our lives according to its laws, not according to any notions of what may prove advantageous.
Positively Controlled By Shaul Yosef Leiter We can find a lesson in each commandment that is appropriate for each and every person.
Beginner's Luck By Yerachmiel Tilles Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev gets a lesson in the execution of justice.