Elul the Month of Mercy and Forgiveness
The month of Elul is a time given to us to prepare ourselves for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We have 40 days of repentance that will give the highest level of keten ( Sefirot) during the Neilah prayer at the end of Yom Kippur. The world was created during the last week of this month, and as a result we have the revelation of the 13 attributes of mercy. We do connect to this during Selichot and Rosh Hashanah prayers and Yom Kippur prayers. It was the month of Elul that Moshe Rabbeinu went up mount Sinai, asking HaShem to have mercy and forgiveness for the Israelites for their sin of the Golden Calf.
The Sages teach us that during the month of Elul, HaShem is with us and this is the best time to pray and plead with HaShem to forgive our past sins and ask Him to accept our prayers
The days of Elul are like the time of Mincha of Shabbat and this is the time of goodwill and that our prayers are most accepted.
This is also a good time for Tzedakah, food for one another and gifts to the poor.
After Rosh Chodesh,there is the Shofar blowing right after the Shacharit, using the same sequence that is done during Rosh Hashanah. The whole purpose of the Shofar blowing during Elul is to open our hearts to make Teshuvah repentance and to cleanse our souls for Rosh Hashanah.
🔹️ We have to do good and avoid all negativity.
🔹️ No evil speech.
🔹️ Elul is a good time to check Tefillin and Mezuzot.
🔹️ Elul is a good time for engagements & weddings.
🔹️ To study every available minute.
🔹️ Study at night, Tikkun Chatzot.
And again I come to You, after a year asking You for forgiveness, do You accept?
Let me fix what I have broken...Just open the door for me.
Elul is the sixth month, counting from the month of Nisan, and has the aspect of Yessod, this is the sixth Sefira that delivers the light to the world, Malchat which is the lowest safira on the Sefirot.
The connection to Yessod is made with prayers and Tzedakah which has a huge impact and benefits this month. Furthermore reading Tikunei Zohar durin the 40 days is highly recommanded, it does help cleanse our souls