Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Elul begins sundown Wednesday, August 19, 2020/Yom Chamishi, Av 30 5780 on the Hebrew calendar with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). Rosh Chodesh Elul will last two days, from sundown Wednesday, August 19, 2020/Yom Chamishi, Av 30 5780, through sundown Friday, August 20, 2020/Yom Shishi, Elul 1 5780. “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from Bnei Yisrael Society to all who celebrate!
About This Month
Elul is the Sixth Month of the ecclesiastical Hebrew calendar. Archaeological sources suggest that prior to the Babylonian Exile, this month was known as Tsahim. This month later became known as “Elul” after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Tsahim” is a Canaanite-Phoenician word meaning “shining (of the sun).” The word “Elul” is from the Akkadian word “elūlu” meaning “harvest.“
The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the month of Elul (Tsahim):
- The beginning of the reading of Psalm 27 twice daily, in the morning and evening prayer services, until Shemini Atzeret (22nd of Tishrei, Ethanim).
The following are some of the significant events in B’nai Yisrael history which occurred during the month of Elul (Tsahim):
- 1 of Elul – Moses ascends Sinai for 3rd 40 days (1313 BCE)
- 1 of Elul – The Prophet Haggai commands that the rebuilding of the Second Temple continue (520 BCE)
- 5 of Elul – Ezekiel the prophet has a prophecy of the destruction of the first temple
- 10 of Elul – Noah dispatches raven (2105 BCE)
- 17 of Elul – Noah dispatches dove (2105 BCE)
- 23 of Elul – Dove brings olive Leaf to Noah (2105 BCE)
- 25 of Elul – The 1st day of Creation (3761 BCE)
- 25 of Elul – Jerusalem Walls Rebuilt (335 BCE)
For more information on the Sixth Month, Elul, please watch our video, WATCH: Hebrew Calendar: The Sixth Month – Elul – Mar 03 2020.