Elul is an intense month! We’re gearing up for the High Holy Days, and in order to prepare ourselves, we have certain rituals that we carry out during this time.
We perform teshuvah, the process of making amends to our fellow humans whom we have wronged during the course of the year.
We undertake a cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of our souls, where we assess how we measured up during the year.
We look inward to determine where we excelled and where we fell short. We read Psalm 27, in which the psalmist asks to dwell with G-d. And, of course, we hear the shofar.