The month of Elul (and the following month Tishrei) is a wonderful time period to prepare for the coming Fall Feast Days – after all, the Feast of Yom Teruah – the ‘Blowing of the Shofar’ is when we will hear the ‘last trump’ and the Messiah will return!meleah blowing shofar

Here are excerpts to get you started:

Gearing up for Elul

Time of Consolation

 

Elul – Day 27

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Elul – Day 27

COMPASSION – Do you have it? Part of the preparatory work of Elul is to examine how compassionate we are in the things we do, say and act upon. This is the month when the Holy One’s compassion freely flows, even though it flows all the time, this is the month of the living waters that flow freely. But to be refreshed, to be renewed, to be overwhelmed with his compassion we must reach up from where we are in this world into the next to bring it into our lives. The secret of Ani l’dodi, “I am for my beloved” is all...

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Elul – Day 26

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Elul – Day 26

Elul – Day 26 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will climb to heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and let us hear it so that we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. (Deut. 30:11-14) Are there things in your life that you find too difficult or beyond your reach? Do...

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Elul – Day 25

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Elul – Day 25

ATTRIBUTES OF COMPASSION Matthew 5:22-26: But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with...

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Elul – Day 24

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Elul – Day 24

DO YOU PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS? It is during this season, the season where the King is in the field, that we examine our hearts, our lives, our motives, our agendas and return back to the ways of our King, our Messiah. During this time, the traditional prayers are ones that all ask our Creator, our Father, to forgive us. The three prayers that are customary are called selach lanu, mechal lanu and kapper lanu. The words may seem a bit different, but they all mean the same thing, howbeit with different implications. Not only do they implore us to...

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Elul – Day 23

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Elul – Day 23

WHOSE SHOULDERS DO YOU STAND ON? This is the final week of the month of Elul, the Hebrew month before the Fall Feast Days of the LORD begin… Can you feel the change of the weather? Can you sense the excitement in the air? I know I can! During this final week it is customary to begin reading the Selichot prayers. These are penitential prayers and poems that lead us further into examining our hearts and seeking forgiveness from those we have wronged, and seeking reconciliation from those who have wronged us. Whether reconciliation and...

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Elul – Day 22

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HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER Sometimes we have a lot of trouble believing that – especially when one is going through a lot of trials and tribulations that never seem to end. Our faith weakens and falters. But let’s take a look at a few bible characters and see if we can increase that weakened faith. Take a look at the greatest prophet of what we call the “Old Testament” – Moshe – or Moses in English. His greatest test of faith came when he descended Mt. Sinai and was greeted full force with blatant idolatry...

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Elul – Day 21

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A BROKEN HEART – How to heal One can not go through the journey of life without making mistakes … sometimes pretty big mistakes! Our lives and those around us break, and even life itself can bend us so far that we don’t know how to straighten up again. I’ve often said, we are broke people living in a broke world…we’re all broke. But there is a remedy for this condition! I’m sure you’ve heard it said, ‘when given lemons in life, make lemonade’. It’s really true my friend, make...

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Elul – Day 20

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Elul – Day 20

THE GATE OF TEARS Judaism teaches that a soul is never damaged. The body perhaps, the psyche perhaps, but the inner core of goodness that is the soul – never. The essence always remains intact. Although that is true, the damage that we do in our physical lives can create a ruin so big, so high, and so wide that it completely obscures the pure essence underneath. And yet, Moses taught us that there is never a ruin so big that it can’t be rebuilt; there is nothing that breaks that can’t be mended. After the sin of the Golden...

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Elul – Day 19

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Elul – Day 19

THE MEANING OF TESHUVAH What exactly does the word teshuvah mean? Well, we’ve come to understand that it means repentance. But the real understanding is actually the opposite of what we think. What??? you say. Well, repentance, usually implies that we need to turn around, to get on the right path and off the wrong one. However, the Hebrew word teshuvah literally means to return. And one can not return to something that they have never had a relationship with…or an encounter with. Now, that is not to say that we should not repent,...

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Elul – Day 18

Posted by on Sep 6, 2020 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

DAY 18 Since Elul is compared to the month of REPAIR, let’s look at some ways to actually do that. First a little history lesson on one of the most famous Jewish sages ever born. His name was Maimonides. Maimonides was born as Moshe ben Maimon or in Hebrew – רמב״ם‎‎ – and then acronymed RAMBAM for “Rabbeinu Moshe Ben Maimon”, “Our Rabbi/Teacher Moses Son of Maimon”). He became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages. Born in Cordova, Almoravid Empire...

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