Rosh Chodesh Elul

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A. Farbrengen on both nights of Rosh Chodesh:[1]

The Talmidei Hatemimim [students of the Yeshiva] are to hold a Chassidic gathering throughout the two nights of Rosh Chodesh Elul. They are to speak of the Avodah of Elul/Tishrei, earnest prayer, betterment of one’s character traits and being scrupulous in matter of fear of Heaven.

 

B. Haftorah of Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Elul:[2]

If Rosh Chodesh Elul falls on Shabbos then one reads the Haftorah of Shabbos Rosh Chodesh “Hashamayim Kisi”. [In such a case on Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei the regular Haftorah is followed by the Haftorah of Ania So’arah.[3] If one forgot and read the Haftorah of Ania So’arah instead of Hashamayim Kisi then if he already recited the after blessing he is to recite the Haftorah of Hashamayim Kisi without a blessing. If he did not yet begin the after blessing then he should stop and recite Hashamayim Kisi.[4]]

 

C. Haftorah of Shabbos Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul:[5]

If Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul falls on Shabbos Parshas Re’eh then one reads the Haftorah beginning Ani So’arah and adds the first and last verse of the Haftorah of Machar Chodesh.[6]

 

Niggun Daled Bavos:[7]

The month of Elul is one of the auspicious periods of time that one may sing the Niggun of Daled Bavos. This especially applies during the time of prayer.

 

Learning the laws of Elul and Tishrei:[8]

Men and women are to be particular not to pass even one day of Elul without learning the relevant laws as well as matters of Chassidus dealing with Elul and Tishrei.


[1] Takanos of Rebbe Rayatz for the Temimim, printed in Hakeriah Hakedosha Erev R”C Teves 1941

[2] Rama 425/1 in name of Tur and Mordechai; Mateh Efraim 581/8; Kitzur SHU”A 128/4; Sefer Haminhagim p. 64 [English]

Background:

Throughout the year when Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbos the Haftorah that is read is Hashamayim Kisi. [Michaber 425/1] However regarding Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Elul the Michaber ibid rules one is to read the Haftorah of Aniyah Soeira. However the Rama ibid rules that one is to read the Haftorah of Rosh Chodesh as is usually done.

[3] Mateh Efraim ibid; Kitzur SHU”A ibid; Sefer Haminhagim ibid

[4] Mateh Efraim ibid; Kitzur ibid

[5] Rama 425/2 in name of Minhagim; Sefer Haminhagim p. 64 [English]

[6] Adding of the first and last verse: Sefer Haminhagim ibid; Likkutei Sichos 35/187; See Michaber 425/2; Ketzos Hashulchan 88 footnote 15; Igros Kodesh 5/108 in reply to the Ketzos Hashulchan

[7] Sefer Hasichos Purim 1928; 1941 p. 85-86; Likkutei Dibburim p. 204; Otzer Minhagei Chabad p. 14

[8] Sichas 18th Elul 1977

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