Elul Is Upon Us


Once again, we invite readers to share ideas on preparing for the Yemai HaDin, by telling us what special preparatory learning they will be going during Elul. This worked very well last year.

We are going to solicit two different responses: 1) What you are learning for general hisorerus and inspiration, and 2) What works you are using to make the davening of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

We hope that this will contribute to the teshuva of the rabbim.

My choices, at least for starters, are 1) Chovos HaLevavos, Sha’ar Cheshbon HaNefesh, and 2) the kuntrus on biur tefilla in the back of Sifsei Chaim

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Mr. Cohen
3 years 23 days ago

Yaarot Debash, Volume 1 of 2, Derush 1, page 1:

Fortunate is the person who does not allow one minute of them
[the ten days of repentance from Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur]
to pass by without occupying himself with the service of G_d
and thoughts of repentance.

NOTE: The same concept probably applies to the entire Chodesh Elul.

ספר יערות דבש – חלק ראשון – דרוש א
ואשרי אנוש לא יעבור רגע אחד מהן בלי עסק בעבודת ה’ והרהור בתשובה

Baruch C. Cohen, Esq.
3 years 29 days ago

Each year during Elul I  prepare an outline of all the important areas of my life: family, professional life, friends and relationships, religious, learning, etc. Every relationship in my family is evaluated. I then password-protect the document and save it. No one has access to the document, not even my wife. I list all of my specific goals for next year: where I  would like to improve, where I would like to continue to do well, what specifically I would like to achieve. I even write where i fell short. In preparing for this, I  review my outline from the previous year to help me take stock of how I did during the current year. It is a brutal look in the mirror.

Baruch C. Cohen, Esq.

3 years 1 month ago

The maamar Kinyan haChaim by the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe, which is about teshuva and Rosh Hashana and shiurim on Naaleh.com

Eddie Sherman
3 years 1 month ago

I found the Mabit’s shaar hateshuvah to be very clear and all encompassing.

3 years 1 month ago

My goal is to thoroughly study the works of the Spanish Rishonim, such as both Rabbeinu Bachyas, Yehuda HaLevi, the Rambam, the Ramban, Rabbeinu Yonah, the Abarbanel, and so on. Whether I actually achieve that goal, is another story. I remember sometime ago, it being mentioned that the Rishonim asked and magnificently answered all of the tough religious/philosophical questions of life. I cannot imagine a better way to wake one up to the reality and significance of G-d’s Existence.