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21-27 Shevat 5776
31 January-6 February 2016

Shevat is the eleventh month of Jewish year. Corresponding permutation of the Tetragrammaton: HYVH deriving from the initial Hebrew letters of Leviticus 27:33, Homer Yemirenu Vehayah Hu, "…if he shall surely change it, then it shall be…" Corresponding letter of Aleph-Beis: Tzadi; Constellation: D'li (Aquarius, the Water Carrier); Body part: Korkevan=Stomach (Sefer Yetzirah).

"Even though Israel has no MAZAL (constellation),
D'LI is Israel's Mazal!"

Sunday 31 January / 21 Shevat
The Chofetz Chayim advised one who does not have children to establish a free loan fund ("Gemach") and once every three years to hold a gathering of all of the directors of the fund in the week leading up to Parshat Mishpatim (which we read this coming Shabbat), which includes the mitzvah of giving loans (Exodus 22:24)."And in the merit of the kindness he does to others, HaShem will deal with him correspondingly".

"During the month of Shevat more than all of the rest of the year, one should strive to love peace and pursue peace between each person and his fellow and between each man and his wife"
(Mo-ed LeKol Chai)

Sunday night-Monday 31 January-1 February / 22 Shevat
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Menachem Mendel, the Kotzker Rebbe (1787-1859).

Friday night-Saturday 5-6 February / 25 Shevat
Shabbat Parshat MISHPATIM
Shabbat Mevarchim ADAR I
Torah reading Mishpatim Exodus 21:1-24:18 containing the detailed laws of the Sinaitic code and further description of the Giving of the Torah.
Shabbat Mevarchin: After the Torah reading, we bless the coming new month of Adar I. Rosh Chodesh is on Monday night, Tuesday and Wednesday 8-10 February. The Molad (juncture of moon with the sun) will be on Monday February 8, 2016 at 8:47 and 14 chalakim a.m.

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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