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Can you have almond milk on Rosh Hashana?

The custom in my community is not to eat or cook with whole nuts during Elul. But I don't know whether pulverized or otherwise disembodied nuts --for example, nuts as an ingredient in a processed food ...
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Where do we first see Elul as a time for repentance?

Today, the month of Elul is seen as being an introduction to the period of the High Holy Days (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur). For instance, Tur Orach Chaim 581: התקינו חז"ל שיהו תוקעין בר"ח אלול ...
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What is the source and reason for saying L’Dovid during Elul and most of Tishrei?

The minhag I've seen in Ashkenazi synagogues is to say L’Dovid (Tehillim 27) morning and evening, from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Shemini Atzeres. The earliest source I can find for this is the Mishnah ...
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When exactly do we start saying l'david for Elul? [duplicate]

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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What selichot do Ashkenazi Jews say?

I am looking for a brief list (with some English, not Hebrew-only) of which selichot Ashkenazim say, on which days. If I understand correctly, most Modern Orthodox Ashkenazi Jews basically follow ...
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“Shofar” in Elul - Are its laws the same as blowing on R"H?

Because the blowing of a shofar in Elul is a minhag (as per the comments) are there any requirements/rules that limit it? Must it be blown from a kosher shofar (if not, could it be blown from a non-...
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(How) is Chai Elul observed in Chassidic communities?

I have a wall calendar (source forgotten) that, as is typical for Jewish calendars, marks the parshiyot for each Shabbat. Next week, instead of giving the name of the parsha (Ki Tavo) it says "Chai ...
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Rosh HaShanah for Under 20

As mentioned in this question, Shabbos 89b states that the heavenly Beis Din does not punish people under 20. Why is to be discussed there. My question is regarding Elul and the Yamim Noraim. Is ...
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the King is in the Field

What is the source of the expression that during the month of Elul the King is in the field? I have seen this on many occasions but could not find any source.
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Should one recite Mourner's Kaddish between the daily Psalm and Psalm 27?

I've seen different activities done in two Nusach Ashkenaz shuls at the end of SHacahrit between 1 Elul and Shmini Atzeret. One shul says two Mourner's Kaddish - one after the daily Psalm and another ...
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When do sefardim begin reciting selihot?

Since rosh hodesh Elul is a mini-holiday do you need to wait till the day after rosh hodesh or do sefardim begin saying selihot on the first of Elul?
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Why does Nusach Ashkenaz say Ledovid after Maariv?

According to my understanding, Nusach Sefard says Ledovid Hashem Ori after Shacharis and Mincha while Nusach Ashkenaz seems to say it after Shacharis and Maariv. Why this difference? [I wrote the ...
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What is the reason behind blowing the shofar from the side of one's mouth?

I've been told that the custom is to blow the shofar from the sides of one mouth, rather than like blowing a trumpet. What is the source for this custom and the reasoning behind it?
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Sefarim to learn in Elul

Which sefarim are traditionally learned in Elul*, because they have a special significance to the mood and message of the month? *Or even without a tradition, which sefarim are good to learn during ...
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What does Selichot consist of?

In Sephardic tradition Selichot is said from the second day of Elul through to Yom Kippur. I did not practice all this growing up and am trying to understand now. What tefilot make up Sephardic ...
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placement of l'dovid for nusach sefard

Nusach Ashkanaz places "l'dovid" always as the last teffilah. However, nusach sefard places it after aleinu during the week, but on shabbas it's placed after the yom: why is this?
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Preparing for Rosh Hashana during Elul

I hear often about the need for preparing for Rosh Hashana during Elul. Can anyone offer some practical suggestions as to what primarily this preparation entails. Sourced answers, only, please.
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what is good teshuva book [closed]

Elul and Yom Kippur are flying by fast. I am looking for something uplifting. Books on teshuva are usually quite depressing; too much talk about gehinom. Not that it's not good, just that it doesn't ...
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What parts of selichot can be said without a minyan?

Suppose attending a minyan for selichot is impossible in the week before Rosh Hashannah. Which parts of selichot can be said without a minyan, and which parts must be omitted?
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When do we start reciting Psalm 27?

Yesterday being the 30th of Av (and Rosh Chodesh Elul), prompted a question at shul: exactly when do we start saying Psalm 27—on the first day of Elul or the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul? Most ...
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Virgo Constellation in the Torah [closed]

It is known that Elul is Besulah which in its secular name is Virgo where did this constellation come from according to our Torah sources?
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Specifics of when to say L'Dovid Hashem Ori

My siddur says: מן ר”ח אלול עד אחר שמיני עצרת בערב ובבוקר אומרים זה ויש נוהגין לאמרו קודם ח”ק שאחר שמו”ע From Rosh Chodesh Elul until after Shmini Atzeres, in the evening and in ...
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When to say LeDovid HaShem Ori in a minyan with different nusach

I daven Nusach Ashkenaz saying “LeDovid HaShem Ori” at Shacharis and Maariv. Q1 If I daven Mincha with a Minyan which says “LeDovid HaShem Ori” at Mincha, should I say it with them? (I assume yes, ...
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What type of nuts may not be eaten during Elul?

Many have a custom not to eat nuts during elul, because אגוז is gematria חטא (sin). So what exactly is considered nuts? Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Macadamian, Hazelnuts, Pecans? How about Peanuts (...
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Elul Cheshbon HaNefesh

How does one make a Cheshbon HaNefesh during Elul. I'm aware of the technique given in Sefer Cheshbon HaNefesh, but that is intended (and set up as) as a year round exercise. To do something more ...
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Ledovid - Before or After Aleinu?

I noticed that in my Siddur as well as many others, "Ledovid" (what we say extra from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Shemini Atzeres) is placed right after the Yom by Shacharis davening. However, in every ...
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Selichos start: Ashkinazim vs. Sefardim

Why do Sefardim start saying Sleichos earlier than Ashkinazim?
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Bracha on Blowing Shofar the whole month

Why is there no Bracha made on the Blowing of Shofar in Elul, like there is a bracha when one reads the Meggilah on Purim and lights candles on Chanukah (which are also Rabbinic)?
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Shofar in Elul Why?

Why do we blow Shofar in Elul?
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Elul's acronyms

What are the Roshei Teivos (acronyms) of Elul (א.ל.ו.ל) and what are their significances?
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Yachid blowing shofar during Elul

During the first few days of Elul, I will be away in a city with no minyan. I have a shofar, but was wondering whether a yachid blows a shofar if possible. On the one hand, the reasoning exists, but ...