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At a glance "Elul - Tishrei"

Observances: Month of Elul

Month of Tishrei

Observances: Entire Elul & Tishrei

 
 Customs What is Elul?


September 9 - October 20, 2017 / 18 Elul - 30 Tishrei, 5778

with candle-lighting times for Brooklyn, NY (*)
other cities

Holiday Date Activity
18 Elul Saturday
September 9
25 Elul Saturday
September 16
  • 1 Hour after midnight Selichos are recited. Then every morning until Rosh Hashana the Selichos are recited in the early morning.
Erev
Rosh
Hashana
Wednesday
September 20
  • Hatarat Nedarim (Nullification of Vows) after the Shachrit (morning) prayers.

  • Prepare a candle or flame that will be able to burn safely for more than 48 hours. (For example: a 48 hour Yahrzeit candle. This will be used to light the Yom Tov Candles on Thursday night, and the Shabbos candles on Friday evening).

  • Eruv Tavshilin.

  • Light Yom Tov Candles -- 18 minutes before Sunset (6:40).

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Rosh Hashana

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Yom Ha-zi-ko-ron.

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom She-heche-yo-nu Ve-ki-yi-mo-nu Ve-higi-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.

Rosh Hashana Thursday
September 21
  • Blowing of Shofar and the Tashlich service in the afternoon.

  • Light Yom Tov Candles AFTER nightfall (7:38), from a pre-existing flame.

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Rosh Hashana

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Yom Ha-zi-ko-ron.

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom She-heche-yo-nu Ve-ki-yi-mo-nu Ve-higi-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.
NOTE: A pre-existing flame is a flame burning continuously since the onset of the festival, such as a pilot light, gas or candle flame.

Rosh Hashana Friday
September 22
  • Blowing of Shofar.

  • Light Shabbos Candles 18 minutes before Sunset (6:36), from a pre-existing flame.

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Shabbos

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Shabbos Koi-desh.
4 Tishrei Sunday
September 24
  • Fast of Gedaliah - A daytime fast - We neither eat nor drink, from approximately three hours before sunrise until 40 minutes after sunset (sunset is: 6:51).
6 Tishrei Tuesday
September 26
  • Yahrzeit of Rebitzen Chana - the mother of the Rebbe. A day which the Rebbe would encourage for women to add in their commitment to the special Mitzvot obligatory on the Jewish women, for which the name Chana is an acronym.

    A. Maintaining a Kosher home.
    B. The observance of Taharat Hamishpacha
    C. The lighting of Shabbos and Yom Tov candles.

Erev
Yom Kippur
Friday
September 29
  • Kapporos service in the early morning.

  • Festive meal in the early afternoon.

  • Light the candles 18 minutes before Sunset (6:24).

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Shabbos & Yom-Kippur

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Shabbos V'Shel Yom Ha-ki-purim.

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom She-heche-yo-nu Ve-ki-yi-mo-nu Ve-higi-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.

  • Fast begins. One does not eat nor drink until after the fast ends Saturday night.

Yom Kippur Saturday
September 30
  • Yizkor memorial prayers.

  • Yom Kippur ends after nightfall (7:23).

  • After Maariv (evening services) it is a custom to do the Kidush Levanah Service before going home.
Sukkot Eve Wednesday
October 4
  • Prepare a candle or flame that will be able to burn safely for more than 48 hours. (For example: a 48 hour Yahrzeit candle. This will be used to light the Yom Tov Candles on Thursday night, and the Shabbos candles on Friday evening).

  • Eruv Tavshilin.

  • Light Yom Tov Candles -- 18 minutes before Sunset (6:16).

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Yom Tov

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Yom Tov.

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom She-heche-yo-nu Ve-ki-yi-mo-nu Ve-higi-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.

  • Foods and drink are consumed in the Sukkah Prior to eating a meal in the Sukkah we recite the following blessing:

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de- sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Vi-tzi-vo-nu Le-shev Ba-su-kah.
First day
of Sukkos
Thursday
October 5
  • Shake the four kinds; We recite the following blessings:

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Vi-tzi-vo-nu Awl Ne-tee-las Lu-luv.

  • The following blessing is said only the first time before we shake the Four Kinds:

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom She-heh-che-yoh-nu Vi-ki-ye-mo-nu Ve-he-ge-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.

  • Light Yom Tov Candles after nightfall, from a pre-existing flame (7:15), from a pre-existing flame.

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Yom Tov

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Yom Tov.

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom She-heche-yo-nu Ve-ki-yi-mo-nu Ve-higi-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.

Second day
of Sukkos
Friday
October 6
  • Shake the four kinds.

  • Light Shabbos Candles 18 minutes before Sunset (6:13).

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Shabbos

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Shabbos Koi-desh.

Chol HaMoed - Intermediate Days
Saturday - Wednesday, October 7 - October 11
1st day
Chol Hamoed
Saturday
October 7
  • Special additional prayer is said in the morning - Hallel, Musaf for Sukkot.

2nd day
Chol Hamoed
Sunday
October 8
  • We do not put on Tefilin today.

  • Shake the four kinds.

  • Special additional prayer is said in the morning - Hallel, Hoshaanos, Musaf for Sukkot.

3rd day
Chol Hamoed
Monday
October 9
  • We do not put on Tefilin today.

  • Shake the four kinds.

  • Special additional prayer is said in the morning - Hallel, Hoshaanos, Musaf for Sukkot.

4th day
Chol Hamoed
Tuesday
October 10
  • We do not put on Tefilin today.

  • Shake the four kinds.

  • Special additional prayer is said in the morning - Hallel, Hoshaanos, Musaf for Sukkot.

  • After midnight we recite the entire Psalms (Tehilim). Afterwards we eat an apple dipped in honey.
Hoshaana
Rabah
Wednesday
October 11
  • We do not put on Tefilin today.

  • Shake the four kinds.

  • Hoshaana Rabah Special additional prayer is said in the morning - Hallel, (all) Hoshaanos, Musaf for Sukkot.

  • After Mincha we conclude recital of Psalm 27.

  • Prepare a candle or flame that will be able to burn safely for more than 48 hours. (For example: a 48 hour Yahrzeit candle. This will be used to light the Yom Tov Candles on Thursday night, and the Shabbos candles on Friday evening).

  • Eruv Tavshilin.

  • Light Yom Tov Candles -- 18 minutes before Sunset (6:05).

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Yom Tov

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Yom Tov.

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom She-heche-yo-nu Ve-ki-yi-mo-nu Ve-higi-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.

  • After Maariv; Dancing with the Torah.
Shemini
Atzeret
Thursday
October 12
  • Yizkor memorial prayers and Geshem Prayers

  • Light Yom Tov Candles after nightfall, from a pre-existing flame (7:03), from a pre-existing flame.

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Yom Tov

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Yom Tov.

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom She-heche-yo-nu Ve-ki-yi-mo-nu Ve-higi-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.

  • After Maariv; Dancing with the Torah.
Simchas
Torah
Friday
October 13
  • Hakafot (Dancing with the Torah).

  • All males get Aliya to the Torah.

  • Light Shabbos Candles 18 minutes before Sunset (6:02).

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Shabbos

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Shabbos Koi-desh.
30 TishreiFriday
October 20
  • Light Shabbos Candles 18 minutes before Sunset (5:51).

  • After lighting the candles, recite:
      Blessing for Shabbos

    • Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Shabbos Koi-desh.

* Notes:
  • The sunrise/sunset routines lack accuracy. If you enter geographic coordinates above the Arctic Circle or Antarctic Circle, the times are guaranteed to be wrong.

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