Rosh Chodesh Elul

General Information

Elul (Hebrew: אֱלוּל‎) is the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a summer month of 29 days. Elul usually occurs in August–September on the Gregorian calendar.

The name of the month Elul, like the names of the rest of the Hebrew calendar months, was brought from the Babylonian captivity, and originated from the Akkadian word for "harvest".

Jewish Tradition

The month of Elul is believed to be a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The word "Elul" is similar to the root of the verb "search" in Aramaic. Jewish sources from the 14th century and on write that the Hebrew word "Elul" can be understood to be an acronym for the phrase "Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li" – "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine".

Elul is seen as a time to search one's heart and draw close to God in preparation for the coming Day of Judgement, Rosh Hashanah, and Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.

Elul in History

  • 1 Elul (1313 BCE) – Moses ascends Mount Sinai for 3rd 40 days
  • 1 Elul (520 BCE) – The Prophet Haggai commands that the rebuilding of the Second Temple continue
  • 5 Elul – Ezekiel the prophet has a prophecy of the destruction of Solomon's Temple
  • 10 Elul (2105 BCE) – Noah dispatches raven
  • 17 Elul (2105 BCE) – Noah dispatches dove
  • 23 Elul (2105 BCE) – Dove brings olive Leaf to Noah
  • 25 Elul (3761 BCE) – The 1st day of the world according to Jewish tradition and the Genesis creation narrative
  • 25 Elul (335 BCE) – Jerusalem Walls Rebuilt

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Information on this page was adapted from Wikipedia as seen on 8/21/2020 here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki…

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