Tuesday, September 1st at Sundown begins 18 ("Chai" = "Life") Elul, the Baal Shem Tov's birthday AND the beginning of Tikkun haChodeshim - the fixing of the months of the previous year (5775), as we prepare for Rosh HaShanah 5776.
Elul we examine ourselves for what we did, said and thought during this
past Tishrei. On 19 Elul, we look at ourselves as we were this past
Cheshvan, etc. etc. until we arrive at 29 Elul, and our self-examination
for what we've said, done, thought, etc. for this month.
Good tools for doing Tikkun haChodeshim yourself - use a journal. Write
down your reflections. Check your Facebook history, your personal calendar,
journal or datebook from past months for where you were at during
different times of the year.
May we "fix" whatever can be fixed, may we let go of what is beyond ours to fix, and may we have wisdom to know the difference!
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