The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days. Tradition teaches that the month of Elul is a particularly propitious time for repentance. This mood of repentance builds through the month of Elul to the period of Selihot, to Rosh Hashanah, and finally to Yom Kippur. As the month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes more urgent. Prayers for Forgiveness, called Selihot, are added to the daily cycle of religious services. Selihot are recited from the Sunday before Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur. The first Selihot service of the holiday season is usually a large community service, held around midnight on Motzei Shabbat (after nightfall on Saturday).
This year Temple Emunah will host a communal evening on Saturday, September 21, starting with Minhah at 5:30 PM, inviting members of Temple Isaiah to join us for learning, a light meal sponsored by The Ladle Fund, and special Selihot services. This event is free of charge, but please RSVP to Jodie Parmer by September 17.