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What Rosh Chodesh is and how to celebrate

The Month of Kislev according to Sefer Yetzirah – Kislev 5781

Kislev is the month of Chanukah, the only holiday in the Jewish calendar which spans, and hence connects, two months. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev and concludes in the month of Tevet (either on the 2nd or 3rd, depending on the number of days in Kislev)...

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The Third Month: Being Beautiful – Kislev 5781

The energy of this new Hebrew month of Kislev, the third of the winter months, is the power of harmony. The number three is associated with Tiferet, the third of the seven emotional sefirot, reflected in our seven emotional faculties

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Celebrate Chanukah – Kislev 5781

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The Figure of Rachel, Our Matriarch – Cheshvan 5781

Rachel is the spiritual matriarch of the Jewish People who are scattered throughout the world. Rachel personifies the cry for the spiritual and physical return of all Jews. Rachel is she who refuses to be comforted until the ingathering of her children is realized (see Jeremiah 31:14). Following is a deeper understanding of the symbolism connected with Rachel Imenu, Rachel our matriarch.

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Cheshvan: Facing the Ordinary – Cheshvan 5781

Now is the time to put into action all the hopes, prayers and resolutions we made at the start of the Jewish New Year.

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The Bitter Month – Cheshvan 5781

Cheshvan is when darkness reigns, yet growth begins deep beneath the surface. What is the deeper significance of this, and what can we learn from it?

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Resources For the Hebrew Month of Elul – Elul 5780

Kabbalah teaches that the numerical value of Elul (67) is equal to that of “understanding” (בינה). The month of Elul, the final month of the year, brings with it new and deeper understanding with regard to all the events of the passing year-what really happened and why-and of their consequences for the coming year.

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Chai Elul: Breathing New Life into Our Divine Service – Elul 5780

Eighteen is the numerical equivalent of the letters י"ח, which when inverted form the Hebrew word chai (“alive”). Thus the Eighteenth of Elul is commonly referred to as Chai Elul.

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Elul: The Month of Self-Discovery – Elul 5780

Elul is not just the pre-festive month. If you skip Elul and don’t give it any special attention, you might suddenly find yourself unprepared at Rosh Hashanah. Just like Friday prepares for the coming Shabbat, so too, Elul, the sixth month from Nisan, is an essential preparation for the seventh month of Tishrei in particular, and for the coming year in general.

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The 15th of Av: Love and Rebirth – Av 5780

An overview of the joyous day of the fifteenth of Av, its inner meaning and significance.

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