What is the month of Elul and why should we, as believers in “Jesus” (Yeshua) care? Well, there are various reasons why one might want to begin looking into the reasons for doing so. Here are a few that might spur you on to study it out for yourself.

The last month of the Jewish calendar year (usually August or September of the Gregorian calendar) is called Elul. It is a month where Jews around the world traditionally spend that month in a time of introspection and stocktaking of their lives. It is a time to review the last year, both physically and spiritually and begin to prepare for the fall feast days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

During the month of Elul, it is believed that this is the month where the King of the Universe expresses more divine mercy and forgiveness than any other month.  This is a time to return (teshuvah in Hebrew) to God and perform acts of charity along with prayer and increased love for your neighbor.

This is the time when it is likened that the ‘king is in the field’ instead of residing in his royal palace. He is accessible to anyone that would care to come out and meet him and receives them as a Father, or a friend. The following are some traditions and customs one can add to their own:

  • Blow the shofar every day of the month of Elul (except on Sabbath or last day of Elul) as a call to repentance.
  • Bless each other when you meet or write a letter to someone, saying “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”
  • Read Psalm 27 morning and evening.
  • Give extra charity or bless someone with a gift that they are not expecting

This month is filled with amazing opportunities and can, if you allow it to, open an area of your heart that you have kept under wraps. The Hebrew letters of ELUL are aleph, lamed, vav and lamed and are an acronym for the phrase (from the Song of Songs) ani ‘ldodi v’dodi li. This phrase means “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.”

So as you go through this very special month, seeking out the areas in your life that need to be transformed,  remember that the King is in the field and is waiting for you. We will be posting daily words for you to consider, some from us, some from others around the world.

Your beloved …. is waiting, don’t delay!

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