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Torah Calendar

16-30 Shevat 5777
12-25 February '17

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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).

Wednesday night-Thursday 15-16 February / 20 Shevat

Birth and death of Asher son of Jacob

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)

Friday night-Saturday 17-18 February / 22 Shevat
Shabbat YITRO

Torah reading Parshat YITRO telling the story of how Jethro came to join the Children of Israel in the Wilderness, followed by the account of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai and the Ten Commandments. The Haftara is Isaiah 6:1-7:6 & 9:5-6. Every day, and particularly today, we should feel that we receive the Torah afresh. This Shabbat some sing melodies associated with the festival of Shavuot (Pentecost) commemorating the Giving of the Torah, such as Rabbi Nachman's melody for "Atah Nigleisa" ("You were revealed.").

Sunday 19 February / 23 Shevat

The Chofetz Chayim advised those who do 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), since it 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".

Thursday 23 February / 27 Shevat

Today is observed as Yom Kippur Katan -- a "mini day of Atonement" -- a day for introspection and repentance in preparation for the coming month of Adar which begins on Saturday night. Some fast today from dawn to nightfall and recite a special service.

Friday night-Saturday 24-25 February / 29 Shevat

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. Special additional reading for Shabbat SHEKALIM, Exodus 30:11-16 laying down the annual half shekel to be contributed by every Israelite in support of the Temple services. Special Haftara for Shabbat Shekalim: II Kings 12:1-17 (Sephardi ritual: II Kings 11:17-12:17).
Shabbat Mevarchin: After the Torah reading, we bless the coming new month of Adar. Rosh Chodesh is on Saturday night, Sunday and Monday Friday February 25-27. The Molad (juncture of moon with the sun) will be on Sunday February 26, 2017 at 6:20 and 9 chalakim a.m.

Attributes of the month of Adar: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH are HEH-HEH-YUD-VAV contained in the final letters of four of the Hebrew words in Genesis 49:11, eeroH velashrekaH bniY athonO, "his foal..., and his ass's colt unto the choice vine". The month's corresponding letter is: KUF; Human attribute: LAUGHTER; Body Part: SPLEEN; Tribe: NAFTALI; Constellation: DAGIM (Pisces).

Saturday night-Sunday 25-26 February / 30 Shevat

Ya'aleh VeYavo is introduced in the evening, morning and afternoon Amidah prayers of Rosh Chodesh and in the Birchat HaMazon Grace after Meals. "Half" Hallel is recited after the morning Amidah prayer, then the Torah is read in the Synagogue followed by the Rosh Chodesh Mussaf Additional Service. It is appropriate to celebrate Rosh Chodesh with festive meals, and fasting is forbidden.

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