Eighteen is the numerical equivalent of the letters י"ח, which when inverted form the Hebrew word chai (“alive”). Thus the Eighteenth of Elul is commonly referred to as Chai Elul.
Elul is not just the pre-festive month. If you skip Elul and don’t give it any special attention, you might suddenly find yourself unprepared at Rosh Hashanah. Just like Friday prepares for the coming Shabbat, so too, Elul, the sixth month from Nisan, is an essential preparation for the seventh month of Tishrei in particular, and for the coming year in general.
There are seven practices unique to this month that put us on the path to a good and sweet new year.
Elisha Cohen’s family was the victim of unimaginable terror under Saddam Hussein. But he survived to tell the world.
Every time a man and woman marry, as they stand under the wedding canopy it is a reenactment of our wedding day with G‑d, the day we received these Ten Commandments. Therefore, it is clear that when we look more deeply into these commandments we will find not only spiritual advice for enhancing our marriages, but very practical and essential guidelines as well.
When little Mordy was born on Sivan 22, June 8, 2015, in instead of hearing the sound of a crying baby, hysteria was heard in the delivery room as the doctors struggled to gain access his airways, as he couldn’t catch his breath. A tube was placed down your throat, and he whisked away to the NICU. He was placed in an incubator with many tubes, wires and monitors
Tu B'Av: the greater the descent, the greater the ascent
There are few more blazing passages in the whole of religious literature than the first chapter of the book of Isaiah, the great “vision,” chazon, that gives its name to the Shabbat before Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year.
The Book of Eichah is read on Tisha B'Av. Join Chabad.org’s presenters for classes that examine the text, context, message, and meaning of the Book of Eichah
We often hear about listening to the voice of your soul. Allowing your spiritual aspirations to express themselves. Some call it: Freeing your spirit. But did you know that your body too contains many messages for you?
Remember, your body and soul have been traveling together through your life. And just as your soul has memories so does your body.