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When do we begin saying Selichot and why?

Before the High Holidays it is customary to recite early morning Selichot.1 Generally speaking there are two different customs for when we begin this pre...

What is this I hear about "The King is in the Field"?

Question:  I've read and heard a lot about this analogy that in the month of Elul the "King is in the field." Everyone seems quite...

When Doing a Mitzvah is Hypocritical

Often times we are faced with an “ethical dilemma”: is it hypocritical to resolve to do a particular mitzvah when overall I remain...

What does the word Elul stand for?

Rabbi Jacobson: Welcome to askmoses. How can I be of help today?avi: what are the roshei teivot of Elul? [Ed. The Hebrew letters for Elul are an acronym...

Elul: Scaling the Mountain to Reach G-d's Mercy

There is a forty-day period of Divine benevolence and mercy which starts with the 1st of Elul and concludes with the 10th of Tishrei (Yom Kippur). After...

What special customs are observed during the month of Elul?

Elul is "spiritual inventory" month1: a time of accounting for the past year, and preparation for the rapidly approaching High Holidays and...

What are "Selichot" and when are they recited?

Selichot: Supplications.  Selichot is a series of penitential prayers and liturgy which are recited on select somber days throughout the year. With...

Why don't we bless the month of Tishrei on the Shabbat beforehand?

On the Shabbat directly preceding the month of Tishrei we do not bless the incoming month during the Shabbat prayers as is traditionally done on the...

Elul: A time to reinvigorate our spiritual selves

The Hebrew month of Elul is a time of spiritual preparation as we look forward to the imminent arrival of the High Holidays. There are several observances...

Why do we blow the Shofar during the Month of Elul?

Hey “Moses,” I have got an important question for you! Why is it that starting from the month of Elul we begin blowing the Shofar? Indeed,...