12-18 Marcheshvan 5780
November 10-16, 2019
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 November 11 / 13 Marcheshvan
Third fast of BeHaB
Today is the third of the three optional daytime fasts of BeHaB (days 2, 5 & 2, i.e. "Monday-Thursday-Monday") of the first two weeks following the festival month of Tishri. The fast is observed from dawn to nightfall. Even for those who do not fast, today is an auspicious day for Teshuvah.
Tuesday night-Wednesday November 12-13 / 15 Marcheshvan
On this day the rebel king
of the Ten Tribes, Yerav'am (Jeraboam) son of Nevat, instituted a new festival
celebrating his inauguration of the idolatrous altar of Beth El, with the
intention of deflecting the Israelites' attention from the Temple in Jerusalem
and the kings of the House of David.
On the night following the same Hebrew date in 1938 (9-10 November), the Nazi oppressors perpetrated the Kristallnacht atrocities across the whole of Germany.
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.
Wednesday night-Thursday November 13-14 / 16 Marcheshvan
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925-94) the very loving and greatly beloved "singing rabbi" of our time.
Friday night-Saturday November 15-16 / 18 Marcheshvan
Torah Reading: Gen.
18.1-22.24. Haftara II
Kings 4.1-37 (Sephardi ritual: II
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Meir David Kahane (1932-90, HY"D) and of Rabbi Yisroel Dov Ber Odesser (1888-1994), originator of the Na Nach movement of Breslover Chassidim, and known as the "Sabba" (grandfather) because of his exceptionally long life.
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