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2-8 Marcheshvan 5775
26 October-1 November 2014

Attributes of the month of Marcheshvan: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: VAV KEH KEH YOD, contained in the initial Hebrew letters of the words of the verse OOd'vash Hayom Hazeh YKVK, "and honey. This day HaShem..." (Deut 26:15-16). The month's corresponding letter is: NUN; Human attribute: SMELL; Body Part: INTESTINE; Tribe: LEVY; Constellation: AKRAV (Scorpio, the Scorpion).

Monday night-Tuesday 27-28 October / 4 Marcheshvan
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the Piaseczno Rebbe (1889–1943), who was deported from the Warsaw Ghetto and murdered in the Treblinka concentration camp, yet whose writings continue today to shine inspiration to many who practice Torah meditation and self-reckoning.

The sum of the mathematical value of the Hebrew letters of Marcheshvan (Mem 40 + Reish 200 + Chet 8 + Shin 300 + Vav 6 + Nun 50 + 1 for the kolel + 6 units for each of the Hebrew letters of the name) is 611, the same as that of the letters of the word Torah (Tav 400 + Vav 6 + Reish 200 + Heh 5 = 611). This is a sign that we should increase our Torah study during the long nights of the winter.

Thursday night-Friday 30-31 October / 7 Marcheshvan
Starting with the Thursday night evening prayer, those who live in Israel begin inserting the request for rain (Ve-tein tal u-matar, "and give dew and rain") in the fifth intermedate blessing of the thrice-daily repeated Shmonah Esray prayer (Bareich aleynu... "Bless this year for us...").

Friday night-Saturday 1-2 November / 8 Marcheshvan

Torah Reading: Gen. 12.1-17.27. Haftara Isaiah Isaiah 40.27-41.16.

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