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Rosh Ḥodesh Elul (אֶלוּל)

This is an archive of prayers and songs written for, or relevant to, Rosh Ḥodesh Elul, the sixth month in the Jewish calendar.

Rosh Ḥodesh Elul also coincides with Rosh Hashanah la’Behemah, the New Year’s Day for Animals (specifically, domesticated animals) — a birthday for animals conceived in the previous year. The day marks the beginning of a season of introspection and repentance in the late summer or early autumn in anticipation of the Yamim Nora’im (Rosh haShanah, Yom Kippur, and Hoshanah Rabbah), preparations for the prayer for rain on Shemini Atseret at the onset of the wet season.

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Blessing for Rosh Ḥodesh Elul, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

Meat and Feathers: We Confess, a vidui for Rosh haShanah la-Behemah (the Jewish New Year’s Day for Animals), by Trisha Arlin

Kavvanah before Shofar Blowing on Rosh Ḥodesh Elul for Rosh haShanah la-Behemah (the Jewish New Year’s Day for Animals)

A Blessing for the Bugs on the Jewish New Year’s Day for Animals, Rosh Hashana La-Behemah, by Trisha Arlin

Explanation and ritual for the Jewish New Year’s Day for Animals, Rosh haShanah la-Behemah on Rosh Ḥodesh Elul

תְּחִנָה לְשַׁבָּת מְבָרְכִים רֹאשׁ חוֹדֶשׁ אֶלוּל | Tkhine for Shabbat Mevorkhim Rosh Ḥodesh Elul (1877)

Gebet im Monate Elul | Prayer for the Month of Elul, by Fanny Schmiedl Neuda (1855)

Im Monat Ellul wenn der Schofer geblasen wird | In the month of Elul when the shofar is blown, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)

תחנה אמהות מן ראש חודש אלול | Prayer for the New Moon of Elul, from the Tkhine of the Matriarchs by Seril Rappaport (ca. 18th c.)

Exhortacion | Exhortation of Ḥakham Ishak Nieto (1740)