When the month of Elul comes around, we feel that it’s a time of endings: the end of summer, the end of summer vacation, and the end of the Jewish year.
But, as the first day of Tishrei arrives, we feel a sense of new beginnings and renewal that also includes a sort of returning.

In Jewish tradition, the months of Elul and Tishrei are a time for personal reflection and introspection: hopes are raised and regrets expressed, and new beginnings are welcomed as we take leave of the past. This is also the start of the school year.

In almost every home where there are children going back to school, the first day of school is a very exciting time. Textbooks and notebooks give off a new scent, and we look forward to the experiences, learning, and friendships that the new year will bring.