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The Month of Elul
The month of Elul is the last month of the Jewish year prior to Rosh Hashanah.
During Elul the shofar is blown each morning except on Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah.
There are no festivals in the month of Elul. It is a time of preparation for the holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. People do good deeds and say sorry for any thing they have done that may have hurt or offended someone. People try to be kinder and more considerate.
Selichot, which are special prayers for forgiveness, are recited in the last week of Elul.
The poem "Elul - A Time To Think" reminds us of the importance of good deeds and being able to say sorry.
Elul - A Time to Think
Elul is the time to think
What life is all about.
The shofar sound reminds us
To believe and not to doubt,
That if we mend our ways
And by the holy Torah live,
God will listen to our prayers
And all our sins forgive.