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
Kabbalah teaches that the numerical value of Elul (67) is equal to that of “understanding” (בינה). The month of Elul, the final month of the year, brings with it new and deeper understanding with regard to all the events of the passing year-what really happened and why-and of their consequences for the coming year.
The eighteenth day of the month of Elul, 12 days before Rosh HaShanah, is the day Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov was born, in 1698
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How do we explain to our children corruption, hypocrisy, deception – and all the dissonance pervading the adult world? What should we say to our little ones when they are exposed, for the first time, to immoral educators, abusive parents, religious corruption and the basic inconsistencies they witness when supposedly good people behave in bad ways and when hurt comes from those that are supposed to love us?