Nissan

Month: Nissan
Sign: T’ley – Aries
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Gender: Male
Human Attribute: Speech
Tribe: Yehuda
Movement: Function
Forefather: Isaac
Hebrew Letter: Heh

  1. Fifty Ways to Meet Your Lover (Sefirat HaOmer)

    Mystical writings make this time period analogous to a woman preparing for union with her lover. She purifies herself for seven days. Seven is also the number of types of impurity that must be eliminated, and in our case linked to seven weeks, the time period between Passover and the Biblical holiday of Shavuot, forty-nine ... Read more...
  2. Nisan “first of the months”

    The Torah calls Nisan the “first of the months” (Exodus 12:2). Among other things, it’s the beginning of the new year when counting the years of a king’s reign, and for laws concerning the year of Jewish holidays. Similar to a school year differing from a calendar year, the Hebrew calendar has two main yearly ... Read more...
  3. Nisan

    The symbol of Nisan is the ram, Aries. This animal is the constellation of the month, as well as the focus of the holiday of Pesach that influences the entire month. The Paschal Lamb is not merely an offering of the holiday; it is the symbol of Egypt and the idolatry of the Egyptians. There ... Read more...
  4. Nisan

    Speech is powerful. That’s why God used speech as the metaphor for the creation of the universe. He didn’t really speak; He has no lips, teeth, palette, tongue, or throat. It’s just a metaphor. It’s an indication of how He created the universe. Just as speech reveals the thoughts a person has, so too, there ... Read more...

Iyar

Month: Iyar
Sign: Shor – Taurus
Planet: Saturn
Element: Earth
Gender: Female
Human Atribute: Thought
Tribe: Yissachar
Movement: Stabilization
Forefather: Abraham
Hebrew Letter: Vav

  1. Iyar – A month “Gradual growth”

    “Gradual growth” is the opportunity of the month. There is a fifty day period between the holiday of Passover (last month) and the holiday of Shavuot (next month) called the Omer period. The Bible asks us to count the days between the two holidays. See Leviticus 23:15. The word Omer refers to a grain-offering that ... Read more...
  2. Iyar Real growth takes time and effort.

    There is a mitzvah to count the days and weeks from Passover that lead up to the holiday of Shavuot. This is called Sefirat HaOmer. Because Iyar is between Passover and Shavuot, every single day of Iyar is part of this mitzvah. That fact defines one of the main influences of the month. This influence is ... Read more...
  3. The Days of Sefira – a time of spiritual growth

    The Days of Sefira – a time of spiritual growth Passover – Sefira – Shavuot In the Torah (Leviticus 23:15) it says that we have a mitzvah to count the 49 days between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. Since we are celebrating the receiving of the Torah on Shavuot, it is an expression of our anticipation ... Read more...

Sivan

Month: Sivan
Sign: Teumim – Gemini
Planet: Mercury
Element: Wind
Gender: Male
Human Atribute: Travel
Tribe: Zevulun
Movement: Change
Forefather: Jacob
Hebrew Letter: Zayin

  1. Sivan

    The most cosmic event in Sivan is the holiday of Shavuot, which is the occasion of our receiving the Torah. The fact that this event happened during Sivan reveals the secret that Sivan is ripe for wisdom and insight. In order to receive some of this understanding we need to make ourselves sensitive to and ... Read more...
  2. Sivan – Nothing is an accident

    The astrological sign of this month is Gemini, the twins. Each of the signs of the zodiac has a connection with its month according to Jewish tradition. Nothing is an accident. The Almighty has many ways of getting His point across to us, and the stars and planets are known to be particularly loyal servants ... Read more...
  3. Sivan

    The exodus occurred in the month of Nisan. Spiritual growth was achieved in Iyar. The Torah was given in Sivan. Which of these three events caused the greatest change? Although a case can be made for each of the three, it seems that the third caused the most dramatic change. The exodus is remembered as the ... Read more...

Tamuz

Month: Tammuz
Sign: Sartan – Cancer
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Gender: Female
Human Attribute: Sight
Tribe: Reuven
Movement: Function
Forefather: Isaac
Hebrew Letter: Chet

  1. Tamuz

    Sight is very important to us. It’s one of our five senses that help us live our lives. It gives us protection from oncoming cars, pleasure from sunsets, and information rom books. Yet from a spiritual point of view sight’s benefit is a bit more abstract. When your eyes are left up to their own devices ... Read more...
  2. Tamuz

    Introduction: In kabalah, each month of the Hebrew calendar is associated with not only a constellation and a planet as in traditional astrology, but also a Hebrew letter, a part of the body, an angel (male or female), a human attribute, one of the four primordial elements (earth, wind, water, and fire), one of the ... Read more...

Av

Month: Av
Sign: Arye – Leo
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Gender: Male
Human Attribute: Hearing
Tribe: Shimon
Movement: Stabilization
Forefather: Abraham
Hebrew Letter: Tet

  1. Av

    In a kabbalistic treatise on the month of Av it is written, “When a contemplates a piece of wisdom and he’s having difficulty, he should think thoughts of repentance, feel the pain of the exile, and pray for the redemption. This will awaken his mind to the idea he wishes to grasp.” The merit of ... Read more...
  2. Av

    The ninth day of this month is a fast day that is the culmination of three weeks of mourning over the loss of the holy Temple of Jerusalem. This is a sad time of year, and we express our grief through the traditional mourning customs; no meat, no wine, no bathing for pleasure, etc. When ... Read more...

Elul

Month: Elul
Sign: Betula – Virgo
Planet: Mercury
Element: Earth
Gender: Female
Human Attribute: Action
Tribe: Gad
Movement: Change
Forefather: Jacob
Hebrew Letter: Yud

  1. Elul – Get Real!

    The Hebrew month of Elul is a month dedicated to preparation for Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur, the days of judgment and atonement. The modern world is all about quick fix, microwave dinner, instant download. We get impatient when an email from thousands of miles away takes more than ten seconds to arrive. But most ... Read more...
  2. Elul

    Mankind hangs on the edge of a precipice of despair. The one thing olding us back from falling off is the ability to repair the damage we do to our souls. This ability is a gift from the Almighty that He didn’t have to give. Strict justice demands a punishment for a crime, that fits the ... Read more...
  3. Elul

    The Hebrew calendar is looked at as cycle of spiritual influences. That yearly cycle starts with Tishrei and ends with Elul. Because it starts again next month, Elul has a message, and a focus both in how to end something, and also how to prepare to begin something. It signifies completion and perfection, but in ... Read more...

Tishrei

Month: Tishrei
Sign: Moznaim – Libra
Planet: Venus
Element: Wind
Gender: Male
Human Attribute: Sex
Tribe: Ephraim
Movement: Function
Forefather: Isaac
Hebrew Letter: Lamed

  1. Tishrei

    This month is jam-packed with holiness. It wins the contest for having the most days of special events out of all twelve months. Rosh HaShannah, Yom Kippur, Succot, and Shmini Atzeret all fall out in Tishrei. Each one of these days has a specific flavor of spiritual elevation associated with it. The famous kabalist Luzzatto ... Read more...
  2. Tishrei

    Tishrei is packed with mitzvos. Rosh HaShannah, Yom Kippur, and Succos give this month more holiday days than any other month on the calendar. As this is the first month of the year, it seems God wanted to start us out on the right foot. A year that begins with lots of mitzvos is a ... Read more...

Marchesvan

Month: Marchesvan
Sign: Akrav – Scorpio
Planet: Mars
Element: Water
Gender: Female
Human Attribute: Smell
Tribe: Menashe
Movement: Stabilization
Forefather: Abraham
Hebrew Letter: Nun

  1. Cheshvan

    Cheshvan In the Harry Potter series there is one thing the magicians cannot do. It’s a “rule” of Rowling’s magical world. No magician no matter how Dumbledore/Voldemort-powerful they are can bring the dead back to life. Oddly, the Jewish sages always had that power. From Moses in 1313 BCE through the elders, the prophets (400BCE), the ... Read more...
  2. MARCHESHVAN

    The potential for separation and the potential for return are inherent in God’s creation. When He created the universes, God formed the illusion of a separation between Himself and that which He created. The intent was that the creation would return by drawing themselves closer to God, and also by them bringing God into creation. The ... Read more...
  3. MARCHESHVAN

    When you are down, problems seem larger than normal, and sometimes they seem insurmountable. That’s when it takes a large amount of self-resolve to get back up. Inside, we all have an endless reservoir of motivation to succeed and accomplish. It’s not easy, however, to access that supply when we need it the most. That ... Read more...

Kislev

Month: Kislev
Sign: Keshet – Sagittarius
Planet: Jupiter
Element: Fire
Gender: Male
Human Attribute: Sleep
Tribe: Benyamin
Movement: Change
Forefather: Jacob
Hebrew Letter: Samech

  1. Use Leverage for Spiritual Growth

    Do a lot with a little The zodiac symbol for the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar is an archer, what Western astrology calls Sagittarius. An archer uses a bow, a simple tool that lets the archer send an arrow farther and faster than he could with his bare hands. He uses “leverage”, like the ... Read more...
  2. Kislev

    The symbol of the constellation that influences Kislev is the archer’s bow, commonly referred to as Sagittarius. The apparatus of this weapon in its most primitive form seems fairly harmless – just a stick and a string. The combination, however, can propel a deadly arrow far and fast. Don’t underestimate this thing in the hands ... Read more...
  3. Kislev

    The symbol of the constellation that influences Kislev is the archer’s bow, commonly referred to as Sagittarius. The apparatus of this weapon in its most primitive form seems fairly harmless – just a stick and a string. The combination, however, can propel a deadly arrow far and fast. Don’t underestimate this thing in the hands ... Read more...

Teves

Month: Teves
Sign: Gedi – Capricorn
Planet: Saturn
Element: Earth
Gender: Female
Human Attribute: Anger
Tribe: Dan
Movement: Function
Forefather: Isaac
Hebrew Letter: Ayin

  1. Teves – a month of unity

    According to the Book of Creation , (an ancient kabbalistic book written by the patriarch, Abraham) every month of the Hebrew calendar has a Hebrew letter associated with it. Teves, the month that lasts until January 25th this year, is associated with the letter “ayin,” the sixteenth letter of the alef-bet, which has a numerical ... Read more...
  2. Teves

    The month of Teves starts out with the special holiday of Chanuka. This holiday is a very powerful time for spirituality and a lot of insight can be gained at this time. Chanuka starts in the previous month and continues for three days into Teves. Chanuka is not a holiday from the Bible. It was ... Read more...
  3. Teves

    According to the Book of Creation, every month has a Hebrew letter associated with it. Teves is associated with the letter “ayin,” the sixteenth letter of the alef-bet, which has a numerical value of seventy. The Torah portion that was read in the synagogue on the first Sabbath of Teves includes Genesis 46, which mentions that ... Read more...

Shevat

Month: Shevat
Sign: D’li – Aquarius
Planet: Saturn
Element: Wind
Gender: Male
Human Attribute: Eating
Tribe: Yoseph
Movement: Stabilization
Forefather: Abraham
Hebrew Letter: Tzadi

  1. Shvat

    Question: Dear Rabbi Weiman, I was fascinated by the words of wisdom which you wrote on the Aish website www.aish.com regarding the month of Shvat. My daughter has a bat mitzvah coming up on the 10th of Shvat. Can you tell me what is the significance of the Bat Mitzvah and if there is any specific significance that ... Read more...
  2. Shevat – Be specific

    The month of Shevat on the Hebrew calendar has started and contains some powerful things. We have the special day called Tu B’Shevat smack dab in the middle of the month. And the astrological sign associated with Shevat is called Aquarius. In Hebrew, the word is not Aquarius but d’li, water bucket. A water bucket is ... Read more...
  3. Meaningful stuff to think about in the month of Shevat

    Abraham Each month is mystically connected with one of the three “Avos” (forefathers) Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Shevat is linked to Abraham. To understand what links Abraham to Shevat we must ask the question: How was Abraham unique that he became chosen by God for a special covenant?  Were there not other righteous people before him?  The ... Read more...
  4. Shevat

    The word “shevat” is related to the Hebrew word for a staff or rod. A staff can be used as a symbol of power, or as a cane to lean on. It serves a master. This is an underlying theme of the month. The constellation associated with this month is the Waterbucket. This symbol also ... Read more...
  5. Shevat

    Each of the months is mystically connected with one of the three avos’ (forefathers) Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Shevat is linked to Abraham, and that will be our main focus in this essay. What was different about Abraham that he became chosen by God for a special covenant? Were there not other righteous people before him? ... Read more...
  6. Shevat – Abraham – Love

    Each of the months is mystically connected with one of the three avos’ (forefathers) Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Shevat is linked to Abraham, and that will be our main focus in this essay. What was different about Abraham that he became chosen by God for a special covenant? Were there not other righteous people before him? ... Read more...

 

Adar

 

Month: Adar

Sign: Dagim – Pisces

Planet:

Element:

Gender:

Human Attribute: Laughter

Tribe: Naftali

Movement: Change

Forefather:

Hebrew letter: Kuf

  1. Some thoughts on Moshiach

    Some thoughts on Moshiach Throughout our long and sometimes bitter exile, the Jewish people have yearned for Moshiach, a person who will inspire the masses to do teshuva, and make the world the kind of place it could be, with love and chesed all around. There were times when a special charismatic or holy person, like ... Read more...
  2. No Arms No Legs No Worries

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  3. Pi and Spirituality

    If there is a God, then everything is interconnected, so we shouldn’t be surprised when we find the famous math enigma Pi π hinted to in the Bible, and in Kabbalah. Sure, the Greeks, Babylonians, and Egyptians may have had the Israelites beat in the general field of ancient mathematics, but while science and math ... Read more...
  4. Inner Peace

    Happiness is not the same as inner peace. But the truth is that many people think or say, “I just want to be happy,” when what they really want (and if they’d introspect they’d know this) is more inner peace. The world is smaller now and we are bombarded on all sides with so much ... Read more...
  5. Don’t Wait for Happiness

    I feel bad for people that aren’t convinced in a “next world” or hereafter, as they call it. Where is their comfort when they lose a loved one? How do they understand anything that’s going on in the world now or throughout history? What do they have to look forward to? The Next World puts all ... Read more...
  6. When can you do a miracle?

    In the beginning… In many ways the beginning of the Torah reads more like fantasy than reality. It seems mythical, because it deals with a different type of reality, at a time when the presence of God was more immanent, and felt more strongly. A time when people had direct conversations with the Creator, and the ... Read more...
  7. Use Leverage for Spiritual Growth – Do a lot with a little

    The zodiac symbol for the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar is an archer, what Western astrology calls Sagittarius. An archer uses a bow, a simple tool that lets the archer send an arrow farther and faster than he could with his bare hands. He uses “leverage”, like the power inherent in the ... Read more...
  8. Post-Election Stress Syndrome

    (Happiness is yours for the taking) As we’ve mentioned before, your happiness cannot be dependent on anything external or else you are completely dependent. Happiness must be generated from inside. Whether or not the candidate you voted for won, and whether or not the President lives up to your expectations cannot define your happiness. You must ... Read more...
  9. Sympathy for the Devil

    One of the top ten common misconceptions about religion and spirituality is the concept of the Devil. Who is Satan and what is his purpose? Where does the concept come from? We all sense a craving towards spirituality and meaning, and at the same time we share a desire to do the wrong thing, kill and ... Read more...
  10. Revenge, Sweet Revenge

    Even though the Bible is the biggest “bestseller” of all time, and continues to affect believers and non-believers more than any other book ever written, many people are wholly unfamiliar with the original language. This causes some confusion and misunderstanding especially if you get your religious philosophy from Time magazine. Some misunderstandings can easily be ... Read more...