Elul (eh-LOOL) listen
Elul (EH-lool) listen


  • n. The twelfth month of the Jewish calendar (or sixth if counting from Nisan).

Example Sentences

  • "We spend all of Elul getting ready for the holidays of Tishrei."

  • "Elul, then, is our time to establish...closeness so that we can approach the Yamim Noraim...in trusting acceptance of God’s judgment." (source)

  • "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)

  • "Because of the approaching new year and the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the month of Elul is focused on repentance and reconciliation." (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
  • Yiddish


  • Heb. אֱלוּל elul > Yid. אלול elel

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings



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