Jewish Holidays Fall Challenge: Day 3
Welcome to the THIRD day of the 31-Day Jewish Fall Holiday Challenge!
(If you haven’t officially joined the challenge, I suggest you CLICK HERE to do so, so that you can get your Holiday Guide and enter to win your Starter Jewish Library.)
What is Elul?
Elul is the 12th month of the Hebrew calendar year, and the subject of today’s Challenge video.
In Elul we hear the Shofar every day to remind us to examine our consciences, prepare to make amends, and resolve to be better in the coming year than in the past year. We also begin a cycle of penitential prayers called Selichot. All this comprises a month-long preparation for Rosh Hahanah.
But just so you don’t think it’s all trumpets and sadness, remember: This is the groundwork that will help us build better relationships in the future with each other, with our selves, and with God.
Next time, we’ll discuss the Shofar – a rams horn traditionally played throughout Elul and still during Rosh Hashanah and to end Yom Kippur – and the various customs and rules around its use.. I can’t wait to see what questions you have and what we can learn together.
But first, to get the full benefit of this learning project, make sure you…