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21-27 Iyar 5776
29 May-4 June 2016

Attributes of the month of Iyar: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: YOD KEH KEH VAV, contained in the initial Hebrew letters of Yithalel Hamithalel Haskeil Veyado'a -- "Let him that glories [glory in this, that] he knows and understands [Me]" (Jeremiah 9:23).
The month's corresponding Letter is: VAV; Human attribute: THOUGHT; Body Part: RIGHT KIDNEY; Tribe: ISSACHAR; Constellation: SHOR (Taurus, the Ox).

The month of Iyar is particularly conducive to deep contemplation and understanding. It is also conducive to healing since all the sick among the Children of Israel who left Egypt were completely healed in this period in preparation for the Giving of the Torah. Thus the Hebrew name of the month of Iyar is made up of the letters Aleph-Yud-Reish, the initial letters of the Hebrew words Ani YKVK Rophecha, "I HaShem am your Healer" (Exodus 15:26).

Tuesday 31 May / 23 Iyar
Anniversary of the massacre of hundreds of Jews by crusaders in the German town of Worms.

Thursday night-Friday 2-3 June / 26 Iyar
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rav Saadia Gaon (c. 882-942), outstanding Jewish philosopher and defender of the Oral Torah against the Karaites, and of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ("Ramchal", 1707-46), towering kabbalist of the modern era.

Shabbat Friday night-Saturday 3-4 June / 27 Iyar
Torah reading: Israel: Bamidbar; Diaspora: Bechukosai.
SHABBAT MEVARCHIM SIVAN
After the Torah reading we bless the coming month of Sivan. Rosh Chodesh (the New Moon) will be on Monday night-Tuesday 6-7 June. The Molad (junction of the sun and the moon) will be on Sunday June 5, 2016 at 11:44 a.m.
After the Shabbat afternoon service we read the fifth chapter of Pirkey Avot.

The first ten days of Nissan correspond to the letter Yod of the holy name A-D-N-Y "our Lord"; the four days of checking the Paschal lamb from 11-14 Nissan correspond to the Dalet The fifty days from the first day of Pesach to the eve of Shavuot correspond to the Nun and Shavuot itself corresponds to the Aleph, signifying our complete acceptance of the kingship of G-d through our service in this period.

Saturday night-Sunday 4-5 June / 28 Iyar
Yahrzeit of Samuel the Prophet.
Today is Yom Yerushalayim ("Jerusalem Day") marking the reunification of the Holy City on 7 June 1967.

The first ten days of Nissan correspond to the letter Yod of the holy name A-D-N-Y "our Lord"; the four days of checking the Paschal lamb from 11-14 Nissan correspond to the Dalet The fifty days from the first day of Pesach to the eve of Shavuot correspond to the Nun and Shavuot itself corresponds to the Aleph, signifying our complete acceptance of the kingship of G-d through our service in this period.

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Azamra means "I will sing" (Psalms 146:2)

"And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!"

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov