Sunday, September 4, 2016

Customs During the Month of Elul

Customs During the Month of Elul
Day: Sunday
Date: September 4, 2016
Parshat: Shoftim
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 581

The Ashkenazi custom is to blow the shofar every day of Elul after Shaharit. The purpose is to serve as a reminder and an encouragment to do teshuva and mend our ways. There is a also a nice custom to say the mizmor "LeDavid HaShem Ori Veyish'i" (Tehillim Ch. 27) every day after Shaharit from Rosh Hodesh Elul until the end of Sukkot. The reason for this is because this mizmor references the holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. During these days it is proper when saying the beracha of Hashivenu during the Amida to pray for the return of all those who have left path of the Torah, especially relatives. These days are days of special consideration and must be appreciated and taken advantage of to their fullest.

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