5-11 Elul 5774
31 August-6 September 2014
|Attributes of the month of Elul: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: KEH KEH VAV YOD, contained in the final Hebrew letters of the words of the verse ootzedakaH tihyeH lanOO kI "and it shall be righteousness to us when..." (Deut 6:25). The month's corresponding letter is: YOD; Human attribute: ACTION; Body Part: LEFT HAND ; Tribe: GAD; Constellation: BETULAH (Virgo, the Maiden).
Everyone who recites Psalm 27, "HaShem is my light", morning and evening from the beginning of Elul until the end of Succot is assured he will live out his years in goodness and pleasantness, and he removes from himself all the accusing forces and nullifies all harsh and evil decrees, and he will win his case in the Judgment.
Sunday night-Monday 31 August-1 September / 6 Elul
Today is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Gershon Shaul Yomtov Lipman Heller (1578-1654), author of the Tosfos Yom Tov in-depth commentary on the Mishnah.
Wednesday night-Thursday 3-4 September / 9 Elul
Today is the Yahrzeit of Dan, son of the patriarch Jacob (see Yalkut Shimoni, Shemot) whose gravesite can be visited until today "between Tzor'ah and Eshta'ol" by the present-day road to Beit Shemesh.
In his old age, Rabbi Yisroel Salanter (1810-83), founder of the Mussar movement, said that he still rememberd how as a small child playing outside in the sand, delaying going home, his sister called him saying: "Yisroel! What are you still playing for? This is the month of Elul! Even the very fish in the sea are trembling in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah!"
We learn that the fish tremble before Rosh Hashanah from Psalms 98:6-7: "With trumpets and the sound of the shofar (= Rosh Hashanah), sound the blast before HaShem. Let the sea and all its fullness (= the fish) thunder..."
Thursday night-Friday 4-5 September / 10 Elul
Yahrzeit of Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz (d. 1791), one of the leading disciples of Baal Shem Tov, who said of him that such a soul comes down to this world only once in 500 years. To avoid mundane talk as a young man, R. Pinchas made out he was deaf.
Friday night-Saturday 5-5 September / 11 Elul
Shabbat Parshat KI SEITZEI
Torah Reading: KI SEITZEI, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19. Haftara: Isaiah 54:1-10. While listening to the reading of the concluding verses of the weekly Parshah, "Remember what Amalek did to you..." it is proper to have in mind the intention of thereby fulfilling the commandment to blot out the memory of Amalek.
|During the Elul season of repentance, Israel are like the inhabitants of a city who go out to greet the King in the fields prior to His entry into the city (on Rosh Hashanah), and now each individual has the opportunity to approach the King in person in advance of the coming Day of Judgment.