of coming days of note in the Torah calendar
5-11 Shevat 5775
25-31 January '15
Attributes of the month of SHEVAT: 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).
Saturday night-Sunday 24-25 January / 5 Shevat
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leib Alter, the "Sfas Emes" (1847 - 1905), Rebbe of Ger. He said that study of the Torah portions about the Exodus from Egypt saves Israel from the strictures of the final redemption!
"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)
Tuesday 27 January / 7 Shevat:
On Tuesday of the week of Shabbat Beshallach, it is propitious for one's livelihood to read the Torah portion about the Giving of the Manna in the Wilderness (Exodus 16:4-36) twice in Hebrew and once in the Aramaic Targum (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Riminov d. 1815). Those without access to the Aramaic may read the passage in the vernacular.
TU BISHVAT, New Year of the Trees
will be on Tuesday night-Wednesday 3-4 February.
Don't forget to prepare a selection of fruits
with which to celebrate Tu BiShvat
through the recital of many blessings!!!
In some communities it is customary to organize
a collection to provide fruits for Tu Bishvat
for those who cannot afford to buy their own.
Thursday night-Friday 29-30 January /10 Shevat
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Shalom Sharabi, the "RaShaSh" (1720-77), author of Siddur HaKavvanot Kabbalistic prayerbook, and of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, the "Friedriker Rebbe" of Lubavitch (1880-1950). On 10 Shevat 1951 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shneerson of Lubavitch formally became Rebbe in succession to his father-in-law, the Friedriche Rebbe.
Friday night-Saturday 30-31 January / 11 Shevat
Shabbat Parshat BESHALLACH
Torah Reading: BESHALACH (Exodus 13:17-17:16) telling the story of the crossing of the Red Sea, the Song (Shirah) sung by Israel after the miracle, their entry into the Wilderness, receiving the first commandments, the Manna and the war with Amalek. Haftara: Judges 4:4-5:31 Song of Debora.
One should pray with particular joy and song on this auspicious Shabbat. In the morning service, many communities sing the Song of the Sea together verse by verse. Some have the custom of eating cooked wheat or buckwheat kernels in memory of the Manna. Some have the custom of scattering breadcrumbs for the birds in reward for their singing.
"Even though Israel has no MAZAL (constellation), D'LI is Israel's Mazal!"