The Hebrew month of Elul begins August 17. The entire month of Elul, the month before Rosh HaShanah, is a time of reflection and introspection. A chance to reflect on the past year, sensitize ourselves to our mistakes and strive to rectify them. The Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe, are a time to re-orient ourselves — to reconnect with the person we aspire to be — the mother, father, partner, sibling, and friend we want to be for others, and the complete individual we seek to be in our thoughts, deeds, and speech. But we cannot return to our true path unless we are prepared to search. This soul searching is reflected in the name of the Hebrew month itself, for Elul means searching in Aramaic.