August 28, 2019 12:58 am at 12:58 am #1780706
We started blowing shofar until Rosh Hashana to wake us up for teshuva. The year starts with teshuva and ends with teshuva everything being sandwiched into it. The Jews miscalculated when Moshe Rabbenu went up to accept the Torah which ended up in worshipping the Aigal, so we blow shofar not to make that mistake again, as he went up Rosh Chodash Elul and descended on the Yon Kippur with the second luchos when the sin was forgiven.August 28, 2019 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm #1780865
“as he went up Rosh Chodash Elul and descended on the Yon Kippur with the second luchos when the sin was forgiven”
With all information but the bottom line is in truth klal yisroels was never fully forgiven for the son of the Aigel which is also why Hashem did not give up the new luchos but this time it was man made by Moshe Rabbeinu our leaderAugust 28, 2019 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm #1780867
On aseparate note regarding chodesh elul.
The entire year a person should be doing teshuva with being more serious and focused during the month of Elul and aseres yemei teshuva. Versus a person thinking he can just be free and do what he wants for 11 months of the year and he’ll wake up and do teshuva when it comes to Elul.
Very sad situation for a person who is currently living with that way of life in his mind.
May we all do full teshuva together whole heartedly so mashiach can come before Elul and the new yearAugust 28, 2019 3:47 pm at 3:47 pm #1781014
We can look at Elul as someone borrowing on installments. If he waits to pay off the loan at the end, it is very hard, so he should pay it off in installments. Similarly, our debt to Hashem for our sins can be paid off through teshuva at different installment times, every night, once a week, once a month or at the end of the year Elul. It aso accumulates. Don’t wait to your last day of life because we don’t know when it will be.August 28, 2019 7:16 pm at 7:16 pm #1781034
As it says in pirkei avos:
A person should do teshuva the last day before his death
But since we don’t know when that will be a person should do teshuva EVERY DAY.August 16, 2021 11:29 am at 11:29 am #2000306
Sam Klein, I heard on the interpretation שוב יום אחד לפני מותך a person should repent a day before his passing. So what would a person do with the day, if he knew that this was his last day but he gets a reprieve and the day is returned to him? This is what one should think of every day.August 16, 2021 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm #2000345
It says ובא לציון גוו’אל ול’שבי פשע ביעקב The Rav Avudraham points out the hint of Elul. The hint is in both teshuva and geulah indicating that Elul is the time for both.
The kitzur points out that Elul is hinted in teshuva, ומל ה’ אלקיך ‘א’ת ‘ל’בבך ו ‘ו’את ‘ל’בב. tefila in ‘א’ני ‘ל’דודי ‘ח’דודי ‘ל’י and tzadaka in א’יש ‘ל’רעהו ‘ו’מתנות ‘ל’אביונים’.August 16, 2021 2:03 pm at 2:03 pm #2000369commonsaychelParticipant
Thank you CR of The CRAugust 16, 2021 4:28 pm at 4:28 pm #2000432
CS, when you said that I cannot set any rules I declined the position.August 16, 2021 5:06 pm at 5:06 pm #2000445commonsaychelParticipant
the gabbi [mod 29] sets the rules, you were draftedfor the positionAugust 16, 2021 5:50 pm at 5:50 pm #2000473
CS, When the name of Hashem is being desecrated by not giving Him proper respect I will not stand for it.August 30, 2021 8:05 pm at 8:05 pm #2004391
Eliul is an orei miklat, a town to escape to. The beginning letters of אנה לידו ושמתי לו – מקום לנוס שמה, lead into his hand, I will provide for him – a place to run to, is Elul.August 31, 2022 9:33 am at 9:33 am #2120024
It is a time to sound the shofar the alarm, to wake up from our sleep as Yonah was told.September 4, 2022 8:40 am at 8:40 am #2120881
Why are we sleeping when klal yisroel is currently in the midst of non stop horrific tragedies R”L that are direct wake up messages coming straight from Hashem waiting for us to come together as one loving nation for serious Teshuva and Achdus ASAP to prevent any more from hitting klal yisroel C”V and to bring the Geula with Mashiach already bkarov?
There’s no one to blame except ourselves when we could’ve avoided all these thousands of frum Yidden and Tzaddikim that were NIFTAR in the coronavirus pandemic Mageifa deaths and it still hasn’t stopped R”L cause we think we can fool Hashem and just live in denial like we don’t see Hashems shocking wake up messages coming directly from Hashem and costing us hundreds of thousands of deaths R”L
THE CHOICE IS ALL IN OUR HANDS OF FREE WILL HOW SOON THIS TERRIBLE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC MAGEIFA DEATHS COME TO COMPLETE HALT.
may we all wake ourselves up from denial and FACE REALITY immediately and start doing Teshuva ASAP together as one loving nation like we did in the story of Purim.August 28, 2023 10:11 am at 10:11 am #2220395
bumpSeptember 10, 2023 7:26 am at 7:26 am #2224216abukspanParticipant
The Arizal brings a proof from the Gemara that the best time to do teshuvah and eradicate our sins is in the thirty days prior to Rosh Hashanah, in the month of Elul. In Berachos (61a), Rabbi Yochanan says, “Achorei ari ve’lo achorei ishah — Go after a lion and not after a woman.” It is better to walk behind a lion and risk being devoured, than to walk behind a woman and chance sinning. If one is devoured by a lion, he will lose his share in This World, but if he sins with a woman, he will lose his share in the World to Come.
The Arizal (brought down in Otzar Chemdas Yamim, Chapter 7) says the mazal, zodiac sign, for the month of Av is an ari, a lion (Leo). The mazal for the month of Elul is a besulah, an unmarried woman (Virgo). The mazal for the month of Tishrei is moznayim, a scale (Libra). The Gemara is instructing us: Go — meaning do teshuvah — after the lion, in the month of Elul, which follows Av, whose mazal is a lion; this is preferable to doing teshuvah after the woman, meaning waiting until after the month of Elul to repent. For that would leave us sorely unprepared for our Heavenly trial on Rosh Hashanah, during the month of Tishrei, when Hashem takes out His scale, the moznaim.
Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa says in Pirkei Avos (3:11), “Kol she’yiras cheto kodemes le’chochmaso chochmaso miskayames, ve’chol she’chochmaso kodemes le’yiras cheto ein chochmaso miskayames — Anyone whose fear of sin precedes his wisdom, his wisdom will endure. And anyone whose wisdom precedes his fear of sin, his wisdom will not endure.”
My father once interpreted this mishnah as an exhortation to prepare and do teshuvah in Elul, well before Rosh Hashanah. The Gemara (Shabbos 117b) refers to blowing the shofar as a “chochmah ve’einah melachah — a skill, rather than hard and Biblically forbidden work,” which should be permitted even on Shabbos (although it is not).
Now let’s reread the mishnah: “Kol she’yiras cheto kodemes le’chochmaso” — Anyone whose fear of sin, and hence his teshuvah, comes before the blowing of the shofar, which is a chochmah; “chochmaso miskayames” — his chochmah endures, and the blowing of the shofar helps change the decree.
“Ve’chol she’chochmaso kodemes le’yiras cheto” — But anyone whose blowing of the shofar is performed before he does teshuvah, for he has not prepared for Rosh Hashanah in advance; “ein chochmaso miskayames” — the shofar blowing will not have any effect.
Do teshuvah now; avoid the holiday rush.September 10, 2023 7:32 pm at 7:32 pm #2224303GadolhadorahParticipant
“Do teshuvah now; avoid the holiday rush….”
Apparently, the malachim working in the IT Department in Shamayim have added a significant amount of new bandwidth to the http://WWW.Tshuvahnow.com website to accommodate the large numbers of yidden wanting to do tshuvah in the days before the yamim noraim. Thus, the website is unlikely to crash as has sometimes been the case in prior years.September 11, 2023 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm #2224744abukspanParticipant
Gadol… thank for the laugh. Ksiva Vchasima Tova
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