August 21 – September 18

Readings for Elul

Shabbats: Elul 2 – Torah: Shoftim (“Judges”) Deut. 16:18-21:9

Haftarah: Isa. 51:12-52:12

B’rit Chadashah: John 11:1-57

Elul 9 – Torah: Ki Tetse (“When you go out!”) Deut. 21:10-25:19

Haftarah: Isa. 54:1-10

B’rit Chadashah: John 12:1-50

Elul 16 Torah: Ki Tavo (“When you enter in”) Deut. 26:1 – 29:9 (8)

Haftarah: Isa. 60:1-22

B’rit Chadashah: John 13:1-15:27

Elul 23 Torah: Nitsavim (“You are standing”) Deut 29:10-30:20

Haftarah: Isa. 61:10-63:9

B’rit Chadashah: John 16:1-17:26

Feast Days in Elul

Rosh Chodesh (Head of the month) – Elul 1 (August 21, 2020)

Feast of Trumpets Eve – Erev Rosh Hashanah (September 18, 2020)

More Info

This month is linked with the Hebrew letter Yud, which is the smallest of the Hebrew letters. The constellation of the month is Virgo – the virgin. The tribe of Gad is linked with the month of Elul. The color/stone for the month is Gray/Jasper or Hematite.

Historically this was a month that was known as the “king is in the field”. The king would camp outside various towns and those that wanted to see him were able to so without dealing with the protocol of his palace court. The name of the month is an acrostic of Song of Solomon 6:3 “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine!”. This month is also known as the “eye of the needle”. It is a time to shed off the things that are holding us back or bogging us down in order to move into the fullness of the next month and it’s feasts.

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