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A Shabbat Nugget: The Uniqueness of the Month of Elul

 

We have just begun the final Jewish month of the year called Elul.  Throughout the month, each morning, we blow the Shofar to remind us to return to G-d and improve our conduct in preparation for the New Year. The month of Elul is the beginning of the High Holiday season and the First Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman gives the following parable to explain the uniqueness of the month of Elul:

“Before a king enters his city, its inhabitants go out to greet him in the field.  At that time, anyone who so desires is granted permission and can approach him and greet him.  He receives them all pleasantly and shows a smiling countenance to all.  The same is true of the month of Elul, when G-d is in the field and close and accessible to us all.”

About Rabbi Pesach Scheiner

Rabbi Pesach Scheiner is the Rabbi of Boulder County Center for Judaism. In addition, he teaches extensively throughout Boulder County and is the author of "Finding the Joy in Everyday Living," a book of short chapters explaining the ways to access happiness through appreciation, gratitude, and a sense of purpose.

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