Following Tisha B'Av the haftarah readings turn to a theme of “consolation” with a series of seven haftarah portions which connect mourning for the Temple with the Days of Awe.
HAFTAROT OF CONSOLATION
Following Tisha B'Av [the 9th day of the month of Av] the haftarah readings turn to “consolation” with a series of seven haftarah portions which connect mourning for the Temple with The Days of Awe. Four of the Haftarot of Consolation occur during the month of Elul and immediately precede The Days of Awe which begin with the first day of the month of Tishrei, Rosh HaShanah.
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THE MONTH OF ELUL
Elul is called the “Month of Mercy” and “Month of Forgiveness” (Hodesh haRahamin vehaSelihot). It is a time for teshuvah (return) to God, to renew one’s efforts in prayer, Torah study and charity, and to seek forgiveness for transgression, especially against one’s fellows.
א.ל.ו.ל | Ani l’dodi v’dodi li | I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is Mine (Song of Songs 6:3)
“Now is the time that all my thoughts should be directed towards my Beloved (God) then, my Beloved is also to me; my Beloved helps, assists, and cares for me” (The Aruch HaShulhan).
Ani l’dodi v’dodi li is an invitation to prayer—Service of the Heart—ha’avodah she’ba’lev. “What is service of the heart?” ask the rabbis. “It means prayer” (Ta’anit 2a).
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