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The 6th Chodesh or Elul?

Elul is the name applied to the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the calendar instituted after the Babylonian captivity. The name of the month Elul came from the Babylonians which originated from the Akkadian word Elūlu for "harvest". Its “first and last” usage is written in scripture, Nehemiah 6:15. In this verse we are told that the wall was finished on the 25th day of Elul, 5 x 5. However, the doors are yet to be put in place. This verse is recording the event in the days AFTER their Babylonian captivity.

This period is to be used to reflect, make amends, and prepare for the new year ahead. The word Elul has been associated with this acronym: Elūlu אֱלוּל

אֱ – Ani (I)

ל - L'dodi (belong to my beloved)

וּ - V'dodi (and my beloved)

ל – Li ([is] mine)

The question then becomes “who” is your beloved?

Elul is seen as a time to search one's heart and draw close to God in preparation for the coming Day of Judgement, Rosh Hashanah, and Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. This is in harmony with the instructions for the 6th day of the week, a time of preparation before the Sabbath day. Because the number 6 is associated with man, this truly becomes a time when man must take a closer look at himself. Even as the 12th month, in the civil year, it acts as a mirror, and reflection 6 and 6. What do you see when you look into the mirror?

Here are 6 “traditions” of Elul.

  1. Blow the shofar every morning (except on Shabbat) from Rosh Hodesh Elul (the first day of the month) until the day before Rosh Hashanah. (Please note: While there is a biblical mitzvah/commandment to blow the shofar on the 1st day of the civil year, there is no such commandment regarding the month of Elul.)

  2. Begin the process of granting and asking for forgiveness.

  3. Begin or end all letters written during the month of Elul with wishes that the recipient has a good year.

  4. Recite Psalm 27 every day from the 1st day of Elul through the 21st day of 7th month (Sukkot).

  5. Selichot (special penitential prayers) are recited during the month of Elul. A special Selichot service is conducted late in the evening – often by candlelight. (Selichot - the term first appears as a reference to the biblical verses that were added to the Yom Kippur liturgy.)

  6. Jewish tradition records that it is on the 10th day of Elul that Noach released the raven. (This tradition does not agree with our findings after completing the research for "Rediscovering Elohim’s Timepiece – The Flood." The evidence provided reveals that it was on the 4th day in the sign of the Maiden. The Maiden follows the Lion/the 6th chodesh.)

Considering that this is the 12th chodesh in the civil year under the sign of The Lion, reflect on Yeshua's words recorded in John. There are patterns throughout scripture. If one only discerns the words written in scripture literally, they may miss these patterns.

Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

For more information about what is happening in this 6th chodesh in 2023 and the number 5 go to this link:

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