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Torah Calendar

27 Tevet-4 Shevat 5778
14-20 January '18

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Tuesday 16 January / 29 Tevet
Yom Kippur Katan

Today is observed as Yom Kippur Katan, a "small Day of Atonement" -- a day for introspection and repentance in preparation for the coming Rosh Chodesh (New Moon). Some fast from dawn to nightfall and recite a special service.

ATTRIBUTES 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; Tribe: Asher (Sefer Yetzirah).

Tuesday night-Wednesday 16-17 January / 1 Shevat
Rosh Chodesh SHEVAT

Add Ya'aleh Veyavo for Rosh Chodesh in evening, morning and afternoon prayers and in Grace after Meals. Following the morning Shacharit prayer, "half" Hallel is recited. Torah Reading for Rosh Chodesh: Numbers 28:9-15; After the Torah reading we recite the additional Musaf prayer for Rosh Chodesh. It is appropriate to mark Rosh Chodesh with a festive meal.

The first day of Shevat is when Moses began his final discourses in Deuteronomy: "And in the fortieth year in the eleventh month on the first of the month Moses spoke to the children of Israel" (Deut. 1:3). The month of Shevat is therefore propitious for Torah study and understanding as signified by the sign of D'LI, a "bucket" pouring the waters of inspiration into the world.

According to the opinion of Beit Shammai, 1 Shevat is New Year of the Trees, although in practice we follow the opinion of Beit Hillel that this is observed on Tu BiShvat, 15 Shevat (Rosh Hashanah 2a).

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

"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)

Start planning now for Tu Bishvat, which will be on Tuesday night-Wednesday 30-31 January

Thursday 18 January / 2 Shevat

On this day, some have the custom of observing Ta'anit Dibbur, a "fast from speaking", reading the book of Psalms and additional supplications.
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Meshulam Zusya of Hanipoli (1718-1800), outstanding chassidic Tzaddik and student of the Maggid of Mezritch. Reb Zusya said: "On the day of reckoning, when they ask me, 'Why weren't you like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?' I won't be afraid. But when they ask me, 'Why weren't you like Zusya ?' - that's when I'll be afraid."

Friday night-Saturday 19-20 January / 4 Shevat
Shabbat Parshat BO

Torah Reading: BO Exodus 10:1-13:16 telling the story of the final plagues in Egypt, the Paschal sacrifice and the actual Exodus.
Haftara: Jeremiah 46:13-28
Today is the 210th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avraham Kalisker (1741-1800), a student of the Gaon of Vilna who joined the Chassidic movement and became leader of the Chassidic community of Eretz Israel after the death of his master, R. Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk. After meeting R. Avraham Kalisker, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov declared that he had never seen a more perfect Tzaddik.
Today is also the Yahrzeit of the outstanding Tzaddik and Mekubal Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, the Baba Sali (1890-1984).

Saturday night-Sunday 20-21 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!

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