The Hebrew month preceding Rosh HaShanah during which one engages in self-reflection and evaluation in preparation for the High Holidays. Traditionally, the shofar is blown each day during the month.
Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur
"Cycle;" High Holiday prayerbook; plural: machzorim.
Ram’s horn most commonly blown throughout the month of Elul and during the High Holiday season.
"Forgiveness;" special penitential prayers recited during Elul and the High Holidays.
"Casting away;" A traditional ceremony held during the Yamim Nora-im (Days of Awe), usually on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, in which individuals symbolically “cast away” their sins or wrongdoings from the past year by throwing breadcrumbs into a flowing body of water.
Seventh month on the Hebrew calendar; Rosh HaShanah falls on the first day of this month.
"15th of Shevat;" New Year of the Trees; Jewish Arbor Day, which is a minor festival.
Israeli Independence Day, which commemorates the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948.