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TONIGHT - Rosh Chodesh Elul Farbrengen for Women

The "winds of Elul" begin blowing tonight.....The King will be in the field....The 13 Attributes of Mercy will be shining ..... all for the entire month! You know it, but the yearly question is 'How do I make the most of it?'

Here's your chance to get fired up, inspired, motivated, ready-willing-and-able to take full advantage of this incredible time!

Devorah Hayman invites all women to a Rosh Chodesh Elul farbrengen with Rabbi Noson Gurary, tonight, Monday, Rosh Chodesh Elul, August 9, at 8:00 PM, at her home, 10 Langeries Drive.

This will be a farbrengen, not just a speaker! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate!

Rosh Chodesh Elul

Tomorrow and the following day, Tuesday and Wednesday is Rosh Chodesh Elul. The first Shacharis minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will begin at 6:45 AM and the second minyan at 8:00 AM.

As the last month of the Jewish year, Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and stocktaking - a time to review one's deeds and spiritual progress over the past year and prepare for the upcoming "Days of Awe" of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

As the month of Divine Mercy and it is a most opportune time for increased teshuvah, tefilla, tzedaka, and Ahavas Yisrael in the quest for self-improvement and coming closer to Hashem.

The Alter Rebbe likens the month of Elul to a time when "the king is in the field" and, in contrast to when he is in the royal palace, "everyone who so desires is permitted to meet him, and he receives them all with a cheerful countenance and shows a smiling face to them all."

Specific Elul customs include saying L'David Hashem Ori (Tehllim 27) at the end of Shacharis and Mincha until Hoshanah Rabbah and the daily sounding of the shofar as a call to repentance.

The Baal Shem Tov instituted the custom of reciting three additional chapters of Tehillim each day, from the 1st of Elul until Yom Kippur (on Yom Kippur the remaining 36 chapters are recited, thereby completing the entire Tehillim).

Elul is also the time to have one's tefillin and mezuzot checked by a sofer.

For more on Elul please click here.