Ten Days of Testing ahead

The entire month of Elul is a time set aside each year to prepare for the Yamin Nora'im (Days of Awe). During this time, we make an additional effort to repent. The Lord's forgiveness of the sin of the Golden Calf is commemorated during these 40 days.

Don’t be deceived by the sweetness of Rosh Hashanah; it ushers in 10 days of spiritual testing. The blast of shofar associated with this appointed time calls us to a period of self-examination known as the Days of Awe n preparation for the holiest day of the Hebrew year – Yom Kippur. “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”(Heb.12:11) This is how it is with the high & holy days of the Lord. We look beyond the 30 days +10 to the joy of Sukkot – especially Simchat Torah!