The “general” days of Elul: only 12 days until Rosh Hashanah

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  • Elul 18 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Tishrei (5781)
  • Elul 19 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Cheshvan (5781)
  • Elul 20 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Kislev (5781)
  • Elul 21 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Tevet (5781)
  • Elul 22 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Shevat (5781)
  • Elul 23 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Adar (5781)
  • Elul 24 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Nisan (5781)
  • Elul 25 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Iyar (5781)
  • Elul 26 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Sivan (5781)
  • Elul 27 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Tammuz (5781)
  • Elul 28 – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Av (5781)
  • Elul 29 (Eve of Rosh ha-Shanah) – cheshbon nefesh for the month of Elul (5781).

This tradition reminds us that Elul, the last month of the Jewish year, is a month devoted to stocktaking and introspection – “cheshbon nefesh”.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the Rebbe Rayatz, describes the onset of the month of Elul in the town of Lubavitch in a very poetic manner:

“Though summer still lingered and the day was bright and sunny, there was a change in the air. One smelled already the Elul-scent; a teshuvah-wind was blowing. Everyone grew more serious, more thoughtful… All awaited the call of the shofar, the first blast that would announce the opening of the gates of the month of mercy…”. (Likutei Diburim vol. 1 pg 153-154).

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