Accounting of the soul

Yesterday began the Hebrew calendar month of Elul, the month of spiritual accounting and preparation for the High Holidays.

The journal Sh'ma dedicated its September 1993 issue to the month of Elul, with five essays about belief.

Bonus: it is traditional to hear the shofar after morning prayers every morning of Elul. Here is the sounding of the shofar during Elul 5766 (2006) at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.