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10-16 Kislev 5776
22-28 November 2015

Attributes of the month of KISLEV: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: VAV YOD KEH KEH, contained in the initial Hebrew letters of the words of the verse Vayar Yoshev Ha'aretz Hakena'ani, "and the Canaanite inhabitants of the land saw ..." (Genesis 50:11). The month's corresponding letter is: SAMECH; Human attribute: SLEEP; Body Part: KIVAH-Stomach ; Tribe: BENJAMIN; Constellation: KESHET (Sagittarius, the Archer).

Tuesday night-Wednesday 24-25 November / 13 Kislev
Today is the yahrzeit of the Talmudic Amora Ravina, who completed the work of his teacher, Rav Ashi, in editing the Babylonian Talmud. Because Ravina's father died young, he was taught Torah by his mother.

Wednesday night-Thursday 25-26 November / 14 Kislev
Today is the birthday and yahrzeit of Reuven, son of Jacob and Leah.

Thursday night-Friday 26-27 November / 15 Kislev
Today is the yartzeit of "Rebbi", Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi (Rabbi Judah "the Prince"), 2nd century author of the Mishnah and direct descendant of Hillel and head of the Sanhedrin in the time of the Roman Emporer Antoninus, who was his personal friend.

Friday night-Saturday 27-28 November / 16 Kislev
Torah reading: Gen. 32.4-36.43. Haftara: Obadiah 1.1-21.

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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