Rosh Chodesh Elul is two days, and in Elul we say Psalm 27 in both morning and evening. When exactly do we start?


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Nusach Ashkenaz starts the night of 1 Elul as they say it at Maariv & Shacharis. Nusach Sefard starts the morning of 1 Elul as they say it at Shacharis & Mincha.

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    Unless they are following the original Nusach Ashkenaz without recent kabbalistic additions, in which case they'd never say it. Same for all other Nuachaot. (If you don't feel a need to say more things than your grandparents' grandparents did, this one isn't for you.)
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 4:24

We started saying it tonight.

From here (I added the bolding to the relevant part):

Begin saying L'David Adonai ori v'yish'i (Psalm 27) on the first day (at night) of Elul, not the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul (the 30th of Av).

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    We didn't say it tonight
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 3:04
  • What does the newest artscroll siddur say?
    – user17853
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 3:12
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    You gave a different answer last time.
    – Alex
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 6:01
  • @Alex to a different question with different sources. This one presumes the 1st of Elul and asks night or day. The other asks about which day of Rosh Chodesh. The question was edited after I answered -- the original asked "When exactly do we start saying l’david tonight or tomorrow morningl'david for Elul?" and was posted Satuday night after the first day of R"Ch had ended.
    – rosends
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 11:47
  • But your answer here also addresses the other question (even if it wasn't asked here) and disagrees with your answer there. Namely, there you wrote that either day is fine (depending on minhag) but here you wrote that we specifically start on 1 Elul and not on the first day of Rosh Chodesh.
    – Alex
    Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 13:44