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25 Shevat 5782 / 27 January 2022

Torah Calendar

21 Shevat-4 Adar I, 5782
January 23-February 5, 2022

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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).

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

Sunday January 23 / 21 Shevat

The Chofetz Chayim advised one who does 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), which 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".

"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)

Sunday night-Monday January 23-24 / 22 Shevat

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Menachem Mendel, the Kotzker Rebbe (1787-1859).

Friday night-Saturday January 28-29 / 27 Shevat
Shabbat Parshat MISHPATIM
Shabbat Mevarchim ADAR I

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.
Shabbat Mevarchin: After the Torah reading, we bless the coming new month of Adar I. Rosh Chodesh is on Monday night, Tuesday and Wednesday January 31-February 2. The Molad (juncture of moon with the sun) will be on Tuesday February 1, 2022 at 03:07 and 16 chalakim p.m.

Sunday January 30 / 28 Shevat

Today we enter the week leading up to Shabbat TERUMAH, when we begin to learn about Moses' Sanctuary in the Wilderness. It is fitting to devote extra thought to the Holy Temple and to yearn and pray for its rebuilding.

Monday January 31 / 29 Shevat

Yom Kippur Katan -- a "mini day of Atonement" -- is a day for introspection and repentance in preparation for the coming month of Adar. Some fast from dawn to nightfall and recite a special service.

• When Adar arrives, we maximize SIMCHAH •

This year (5782) is a Leap Year (Shanah Me'uberet), in which we add a thirteenth month (the second Adar) in order to keep the Lunar Year in sync with the Solar Year. Since the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac correspond to the Twelve Sons of Jacob, the mystery of the Leap Year of thirteen months corresponds to the mystery of how Joseph became two tribes, Ephraim and Menasheh. The main celebration of Purim and other days of note in the month of Adar is deferred to Adar II, which begins on Sunday night 10 March.

Monday night-Tuesday January 31-February 1 / 30 Shevat

First day of Rosh Chodesh, New Moon of Adar I. Ya'aleh VeYavo, "Half" Hallel and the additional Musaf service are recited on both days of Rosh Chodesh and it is customary to mark these days with more festive meals than usual.

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).

Tuesday night-Wednesday February 1-2 / 1 Adar I

Ya'aleh VeYavo, "Half" Hallel and the additional Musaf service are recited on both days of Rosh Chodesh and it is customary to mark these days with more festive meals than usual.

Friday night-Saturday February 4-5 / 4 Adar I

Torah reading: Exodus 25:1-27:19 explaining the design of the Sanctuary that Moses was to build in the Wilderness and its vessels. Haftara: 1 Kings 5:26-6:13 telling how King Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem.

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