n. The twelfth month of the Jewish calendar (or sixth if counting from Nisan).
"We spend all of Elul getting ready for the holidays of Tishrei."
"Elul is traditionally a time of introspection and personal stock-taking..." (source)
"Elul is also a time of year during which Jews traditionally visit the graves of loved ones." (source)
"Elul is a time of asking for forgiveness from others in ways we caused harm and offering forgiveness to people who have harmed us." (source)
"Elul teaches us about the present moment, taking ownership of our lives, and being honest with ourselves. " (source)
"Elul is like the magic of pre-Shabbat vacuuming: It is heavy lifting every time." (source)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb. אֱלוּל elul > Yid. אלול elel
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
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- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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