Individual Classes or Short Series on Elul classes

The month of Elul in the Jewish calendar is a merciful time. "The King (G-d) is in the field" and more accessible to us on a personal level than any other time of year. A time for self-examination, criticism and correction. Rosh Hashana is a day of judgement. Each one of us is judged and the new year is determined based on our past actions. It is also a day to crown G-d as our King by submitting to be His subjects. This section includes a wide range of classes related to Elul and Rosh Hashana. There is material here that is suitable for people with little previous exposure to Chassidic philosophy as well as for more advanced listeners.

Category Title Description
The New Year - 5768 - As An AcronymRabbi Paltiel gives his take on the New Year's roshei tevos (acronym) and then gives everyone a bracha for the New Year.
Tzom Gedalia AnalysisAn in-depth class on Tzom Gedalia (the Fast of Gedalia).
Introduction To Elul - Mini Shiur #1An inspirational nugget to set the tone for Rosh Chodesh Elul. The mini shiur discusses the Chassidus of a key pasuk from "L'David Hashem Ori" that gives insight into the potential of this special time of year.¹ 1. "L'David Hashem Ori" is an extra tehilla (psalm) that is added to the order of davening (prayers) at this time of year.
5 Different Views Of Elul - Mini Shiur #2A quick summary of five roshei teivos (acronyms) for the month of Elul. This is an intermediate to advanced mini-shiur.
Love Versus Fear - Mini Shiur #3A short talk that will take your Rosh Hashana to a new level. Ideas that can transform your heart.
Selichos Preparation - 2006This class, given at the Beis Rivka High School for Girls in Brooklyn, is a great inspiration for selichos preparation for everyone at any age.
L'david Hashem Ori - Special Tehilla For ElulAn in-depth analysis of L'David Hashem Ori (By David: Hashem is My Light and My Salvation) the special tehilla (psalm) that is added to the daily prayers beginning in the month of Elul and continuing until Hoshana Rabba. Kapitel (Psalm) 27 is recited during the daily prayers from the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul up to and including Hosha'ana Raba. This class is a thorough discussion of the direct meaning (pshat) of this kapitel as well as the inner meaning. This material is advanced and may be challenging for beginners but it is well worth the effort. The key points will come through clearly by the end of the class. Note: Line 8 of the kapitel (a key line referred to in the class) reads, "Of you (G-d) my heart says, 'Seek My countenance'; Your countenance, L-rd, I seek". We apologize for the inferior sound quality of this shiur - it was recorded on our old equipment. However, it is possible to hear the shiur clearly.