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The Month of Elul

Elul: The Annual Report
Like the CEO of a franchise, it is time to present our annual report.
Elul: A Haven in Time
A time and opportunity given to us to better ourselves.
Forgive and Forgive
The month of Elul; Teshuvah time: Forgive and asking for forgiveness from G-d.
If G-d Came to Visit?
The month of Elul is an unusually spiritual time. This is the month when G‑d is more accessible than any other time of the year. What can you do to take advantage of this special opportunity?
An Oasis of Refuge
The first day of the Jewish year is Rosh Hashanah, but the first month of the year is around Passover time. Discover why the two beginnings as we probe the inner meaning of the month of Elul.
Chai Elul: The Life of Elul
The 18th of Elul commemorates the birth of the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Shneur Zalman, both pioneers in revealing the secrets of the Kabbalah, which brought a new life and energy to Judaism.
The High Holidays Season
The Kabbalah’s view on the High Holiday period and the build up there-to during the month of Elul.
Teshuvah: Repentance?
Learn the many meanings of the word Teshuvah - commonly translated as repentance - and how they are all directly interrelated.
Halachah: Elul
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Halachah: Elul
Advanced classes in halachah for the month of Elul, including erev rosh hashanah.
Teshuvah: Repentance
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Teshuvah: Repentance
This class provides a thorough understanding of the mitzvah of teshuvah.
Five Paths to G-d
A Letter-by-Letter Analysis of the Word “Teshuvah”
The five-letter Hebrew word "teshuvah" contains instructions on five methods for creating more love and closeness with G-d.
Elul Acronyms
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Elul Acronyms
Letters and numbers of the festivals
The name of the Hebrew month Elul is spelled alef-lamed-vav-lamed. This corresponds to five different scriptural acronyms that represent five areas of special emphasis in Elul: 1) Torah study, 2) prayer, 3) acts of kindness, 4) repentance and 5) redemption.
I am Unto My Beloved
The Month of Elul
A deeper understanding of the significance of the month of Elul and how the blowing of the shofar during this month is, in some way, even higher than the shofar of Rosh Hashana. (Based on the maamor Ani L'dodi 5732)
A Royal Encounter Not to Be Missed!
All about the month of Elul
Month of Elul: Preparation or Pinnacle?
Traditionally, the month of Elul is a period of preparation for the High-Holy-Days when G-d sits in judgment over the fate of each of person. This class presents a deeper and transformative understanding of this special time. (Based on the maamar Ani L'dodi 5732)
Preparing for Judgment Day with Joy?
The Month of Elul
Chassidus teaches that throughout the month of Elul the Almighty is “unusually accessible” to every Jew as He displays “a smiling countenance and receives everyone with grace and favor.” Then, why are we not enjoined to be joyous?! In answering the question, this talk addresses the obligation to educate children, and reveals a unique kind of joy that lies at the core of the preparatory days of Elul. (Sefer HaSichos 5748, Shoftim)
The Mystical Nature of Elul
The four stages in the parable of the king in the field
Traditionally, the month of Elul is a period of preparation for the High-Holy-Days when G-d sits in judgment over the fate of each of person. This class presents a deeper and transformative understanding of this special time. Ultimately, uncovering the paradox in the four progressive stages of connection afforded during this period, culminating with the High Holidays. (Based on the maamar Ani L'dodi 5732)
The Lord is My Light!
Chapter 27 of Psalms begins, "By David: The Lord is my Light!" and is known by the Hebrew words, "L'David Hashem Ori." This psalm is customarily recited twice a day starting a month before Rosh Hashanah. What is the deeper meaning of this prayer and what is its connection to the High Holiday season?
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