ראש השנה” יוֹם תְּרוּעָה”

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Rosh Hashana

ראש השנה

יוֹם תְּרוּעָה

Thursday, 21 September 2017

יוֹם חֲמִישִׁי

1st of Tishrei, 5778

א׳ בְּתִשְׁרֵי תשע״ח

Parashat Ha’Azinu

“Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish year, bridges the summer and autumn months. It is a time for renewal and introspection as we begin a new year.

The month of Tishrei is full of momentous and meaningful days of celebration. Beginning with the High Holidays, in this month we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Ten Days of RepentanceYom KippurSukkot and Simchat Torah. Each one is filled with its own meaningful customs and rituals. Some are serious, awesome days set aside for reflection and soul-searching. Some are joyous days full of happy and cheerful celebration.

But all of these days, throughout the month of Tishrei, are opportunities to connect, to be inspired, and to become more fulfilled and in tune with our true inner selves. Tishrei is considered the “head” of the year, and the reservoir from which we draw our strength and inspiration throughout the year ahead.

Take advantage of the opportunities this month and make every day significant. May it be a year of happiness, health, peace and prosperity.”

~Chabad.org

בְּמִדְבַּר כט

א  וּבַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ, מִקְרָא-קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם–כָּל-מְלֶאכֶת עֲבֹדָה, לֹא תַעֲשׂוּ:  יוֹם תְּרוּעָה, יִהְיֶה לָכֶם.

Parashah Torah Haftarah
Rosh Hashanah, Day 1 Genesis 21,1-34
Numbers 29,1-6
1 Samuel 1,1-2,10
Rosh Hashanah, Day 2 Genesis 22,1-24
Numbers 29,1-6
Jeremiah 31,2-20

Click Here: What is Rosh Hashanah?

Click Here: The Month of Tishrei: Awakening Consciousness and Mindfulness

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ראש חודש אֱלוּל

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Rosh Chodesh Elul

Rosh Chodesh Elul

ראש חודש אֱלוּל

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

יום רביעי

1st of Elul, 5777

 א׳ בֶּאֱלוּל תשע״ז

“Parashat Shoftim”

Click Here for: The Feminine Modality for Change

“Elul is the 12th and final month in the Jewish calendar. It is a month that connects the past year with the coming year—a time when we reflect on where we stand and where we should be going.

It is called “the month of repentance,” “the month of mercy” and “the month of forgiveness.” Elul follows the two previous months of Tammuz and Av—months of tragedies that were brought upon us through our sins. In Tammuz, the Jews sinned with the golden calf; on Rosh Chodesh Elul, Moses ascended to Mount Sinai for a third 40-day period until Yom Kippur, when he descended with the second tablets (luchot) and G‑d’s word of joyful, wholehearted forgiveness. (The first time Moses ascended was to receive the first tablets; the second time was after the sin, to ask for forgiveness; and this third time was to receive the second set of tablets.) These were days when G‑d revealed to the Jewish people great mercy. Since then, this time has been designated as a time of mercy and forgiveness, an opportune time for teshuvah—repentance.

The four letters of the name Elul are an acronym for the phrase in “Song of Songs” (6:3): “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.” “I am to my beloved”—we approach G‑d with a desire to return and connect. “And my beloved is to me”—G‑d reciprocates with Divine expressions of mercy and forgiveness.

This is the month when “the King is in the field.”

G‑d, the King of all Kings, is accessible. All can approach Him, and He shines His countenance to all.”

~Chabad.org

שְׁמוֹת כח 

יח  וְהַטּוּר, הַשֵּׁנִי–נֹפֶךְ סַפִּיר, וְיָהֲלֹם.

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ראש חודש אב

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יוֹם שֵׁנִי

Rosh Chodesh Av

Monday, July 24, 2017 1st of Av, 5777

א׳ בְּאָב תשע״ז

Parashat Devarim (In Diaspora)

Dear Ladies,

We will recite the entire Tehillim and send up our tefillot (prayers) to request refuah shleimah (healing), shidduchim, and mazel for individuals in need. We will also learn about the month of  Av, ראש חודש אב. The month of Av is the fifth month of the year counting from Nisan. For those individuals that are unable to attend, please access the following link: Daily Tehillim

Our guest speaker for this month will be Rebbetzin Sorele Brownstein from Davis. Mrs. Brownstein will share with us some relevant concepts from her book,The Gilded Cage-Queen Esther’s Untold Story,” and how they relate to the month of Av. We want to thank her for traveling to our city to learn with us about the month of Av. We also want to thank Rebbetzin Hadassah Bat Sheva Gordon for arranging the guest speaker, and for providing the communication technology and design for the community Rosh Chodesh blog. Additionally, we send gratitude to Simcha Toledano and Yvette Fishbein for their efforts put forth in organizing the Rosh Chodesh Av event at Chabad of Sacramento this month, and many thanks to Rabbi Mendy and Rebbetzin Dinie of Chabad of Sacramento for hosting the Rosh Chodesh meeting. For ride sharing, or if you are in need of transportation, please call Rebbetzin Hadassah Gordon for assistance at 1 (916) 254-3038. Please use the link below to purchase the book through amazon.com.

Click here to purchase: The Gilded Cage: Queen Esther’s Untold Story

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“Av, literally means “father,” and it is customary to add the name “Menachem,” which means comforter or “consoler” – Menachem Av. During this month, both Temples were destroyed. Although there were many tragedies that occurred during this time, we know that our Father in Heaven will comfort us no matter what. Av on one hand includes a “low point” on the Jewish calendar—the Ninth of Av, the day of the sin of the spies, and the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. On the other hand, it also incorporates a “high point”: the 15th of Av, a day designated for finding one’s predestined soulmate, is considered one of the happiest days on the Jewish calendar.

May we speedily merit the ultimate redemption, when days of sorrow will be turned to days of joy, and we will celebrate once again in our holy Temple in Jerusalem.”

~Chabad.org

Click on me to access the calendar for this month

The Nine Days OU.org

Click here to learn about The Three Weeks

 The Magic of Tisha B’Av – Rebbetzin Rochel Silber

Rabbi Alon Anava: The mystical depth of The Three Weeks (Bein Hametzarim)

Women, Tehillim, King David and Rosh Chodesh: What’s the connection?

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Prayer List: 

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Malka bat Shafia
Fetus ben Leah
Yonah Chaim ben Leah
Esther bat Hasibe 
Yosef ben Zakieh
Yosef ben Hava
David ben Rachel
Yaacov ben Rose
Freida bat Bat-Sheva
David ben Rosa
Elishevah bat Sarah
Dina bat Ziporah
Gavriel ben Yoceved
Yehuda ben Channa
Mier Chai ben Margalit J’avayer
Esther Yael Chaya bat Liza Leah
Abraham ben Sara
Nina Sara bat Zakeya
Mayer ben Nousha
Abraham ben Pauline
Ariel Shlomo Chaim ben Chana
Gendel Sarah bat Perel
Kochava bat Belora
Shaul Eliyahu ben Rivka
Tikva bat Frieda
Shirley bat Bahiyeh
Elisheva bat Esther
Sarah bat Vivian
Rivka bat Frieda
Rena Chaya bat Leah
Miriam bat Shoshanna Shaindel.
Shoshana Rhonda bat Freida

תמוז‎‎ ראש חודש

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 ראש חודש תמוז‎‎ 

יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן
Sunday, 25 June 2017
1st of Tamuz, 5777
א׳ בְּתַמּוּז תשע״ז
Parashat Chukat (in Diaspora)
Rosh Chodesh Tammuz

Dear Ladies,

We will recite the entire Tehillim and send up our tefillot (prayers) to request refuah shleimah (healing), shidduchim, and mazel for individuals in need. We will also learn about the month of תמוז‎ Tammuz, the fourth Hebrew month in which commences the summer season {tekufah}. Our Learning is in honor of Shmuel Toledano’s father’s yahrzeit; Nissim Ben Yitzchak and in Gratitude to Hashem for everything that He does. Please do not hesitate to contact me or anyone else for transportation accommodations to this event. Cell: 1(916) 254-3038 

Tammuz is the month of the sin of the golden calf, which resulted in the breaking of the Tablets. On that very day, the 17th of Tammuz, begins the three week period (ending on the 9th of Av) which commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This is the month that the spies sent by Moses traveled through the land of Israel to see it and report to the people. (They returned on the eve of the 9th of Av). When we ask the question, what constitutes a congregation? The answer is a minyan, a minimum of ten adult Jews (an adult Jew is any Jewish male who has passed his 13th birthday). The number ten was derived from the first verse of Tehillim 82, which reads:    “G-d stands in the congregation of G-d.” 

  תְּהִלִּים פב 

א  מִזְמוֹר, לְאָסָף:
אֱלֹהִים, נִצָּב בַּעֲדַת-אֵל;    בְּקֶרֶב אֱלֹהִים יִשְׁפֹּט.

The word edah (congregation) is also applied to the ten spies who, in the days of Moshe, rendered a negative report on the land of Canaan. Hence it was established that a “congregation of G-d” consists of at least ten men.

Click on Me! And read an amazing article that explains why ten Men are Needed For a Minyan

Additionally, we want to send out an enormous radiant warm thank you to Mrs. Simcha Toledano for hosting the Rosh Chodesh meeting this month inside of her beautiful home, and for teaching us the kabbalistic insights relating to this chodesh. Moreover, Rebbetzin Hadassah Bat Sheva Gordon will available to provide interested individuals with free wellness consultations regarding essential oils, and which ones are recognized in our current time, but from the biblical era; she will provide consultation and valuable information about how to use these amazing oils for holistic health and wellness purposes. These clinics are sponsored by the Non-profit organization Kochav Yaakov International Institute for Culture and Diversity. Kochav Yaakov was founded in 2016 by Rabbi Mordechai & Rebbetzin Gordon. As a part of our Holistic Healing and Wellness division, we endeavor to spread holistic awareness, and cultural enrichment programs free of charge to the community. We give great gratitude to HASHEM for blessing us with the energy, and motivation to do this. EssentialOils

“Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health. For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine,”~D.A

  1. Frankincense (used as a primary component of the holy incense).  
  2. Myrrh {Tehillim 45:9 Myrrh, and aloes, and cassia are all thy garments; out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made thee glad. ט  מֹר-וַאֲהָלוֹת קְצִיעוֹת, כָּל-בִּגְדֹתֶיךָ;    מִן-הֵיכְלֵי שֵׁן, מִנִּי שִׂמְּחוּךָ.} (This oil was also used to prepare Queen Ester, it was utilized for beautification purposes Other uses included ointment, incense, and embalming ingredient found in ancient Egypt. {ESTHER 2:12 12 Now when the turn of every maiden was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that it had been done to her according to the law for the women, twelve months–for so were the days of their anointing accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six month with sweet odours, and with other ointments of the women–יב  וּבְהַגִּיעַ תֹּר נַעֲרָה וְנַעֲרָה לָבוֹא אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ, מִקֵּץ הֱיוֹת לָהּ כְּדָת הַנָּשִׁים שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ–כִּי כֵּן יִמְלְאוּ, יְמֵי מְרוּקֵיהֶן:  שִׁשָּׁה חֳדָשִׁים, בְּשֶׁמֶן הַמֹּר, וְשִׁשָּׁה חֳדָשִׁים בַּבְּשָׂמִים, וּבְתַמְרוּקֵי הַנָּשִׁים.}
  3. Cinnamon (holy anointing oil ingredient, cleanses the air, and in Proverbs 7:17, King Solomon uses this aromatic oil.)
  4. Cedarwood {Leveiticus 14:4 וַיִּקְרָא יד {then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two living clean birds, and cedar-wood, and scarlet, and hyssop. ד  וְצִוָּה, הַכֹּהֵן, וְלָקַח לַמִּטַּהֵר שְׁתֵּי-צִפֳּרִים חַיּוֹת, טְהֹרוֹת; וְעֵץ אֶרֶז, וּשְׁנִי תוֹלַעַת וְאֵזֹב.}
  5. Spikenard (precious ointment used as medicine).
  6. Hyssop  {Ceremonial cleansing of people and houses} (Shemot 12:22 Exodus) “And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side-posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning.” כב  וּלְקַחְתֶּם אֲגֻדַּת אֵזוֹב, וּטְבַלְתֶּם בַּדָּם אֲשֶׁר-בַּסַּף, וְהִגַּעְתֶּם אֶל-הַמַּשְׁקוֹף וְאֶל-שְׁתֵּי הַמְּזוּזֹת, מִן-הַדָּם אֲשֶׁר בַּסָּף; וְאַתֶּם, לֹא תֵצְאוּ אִישׁ מִפֶּתַח-בֵּיתוֹ–עַד-בֹּקֶר. Hyssop oil is deemed one of the strongest antiviral essential oils out there because it contains nearly every type of chemical compound found in essential oils.
  7. Cassia (Similar to cinnamon, this is listed in the holy anointing oil ingredients….Exodus 30:24 23 ‘Take thou also unto thee the chief spices, of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty, 24 and of cassia five hundred, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin. כג  וְאַתָּה קַח-לְךָ, בְּשָׂמִים רֹאשׁ, מָר-דְּרוֹר חֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת, וְקִנְּמָן-בֶּשֶׂם מַחֲצִיתוֹ חֲמִשִּׁים וּמָאתָיִם; וּקְנֵה-בֹשֶׂם, חֲמִשִּׁים וּמָאתָיִם. כד  וְקִדָּה, חֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת בְּשֶׁקֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ; וְשֶׁמֶן זַיִת, הִין.                  
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I strongly believe in sharing wellness information, and helping others accomplish goals. It is painful to notice individuals in need of companionship, respect, and the sense of belonging other wise known as community. We should all merit, and strive to increase our awareness of others, especially guests and visitors. Certainly there are individuals that we have known for twenty years plus, but what about the people that we do not know very well. Can we speak to people instead of ignore them? Can we help others without extending our hand out to them with expectations of something in return? Take the time to open up a siddur; read with sincere focus the morning blessings Birkat HaShachar ברכות השחר . Please send in the names of those individuals on your mind so that we can add them to the prayers by candle lighting. 
Sincerely, 
Rebbetzin Hadassah Bat Sheva Gordon
רביצין הֲדַסָּה בַּת־שֶׁבַע גארדאן

Rosh Chodesh, A Monthly Holiday for Women Click me! Chabad.org

Tammuz is the fourth of the 12 months of the Jewish calendar. The month of Tammuz begins the “season” of the summer. The three months of this season are Tammuz, Av and ElulThe 17th day of Tammuz—a fast day that commemorates the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans (in 69 C.E.)—marks the beginning of a period known as “the Three Weeks.” This is an annual mourning period, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and the cause of our current ongoing exile. It reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the Ninth of Av, the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame (423 BCE and 69 C.E., respectively). Because of this and numerous other tragedies that occurred throughout Jewish history during this period, we lessen the extent of our rejoicing during the three-week period leading up to it.

Why the excessive mourning for more than 2,000 years?

G‑d is our Father, and we are His children. And during galut (exile), we constitute a dysfunctional family. We have been expelled from our Father’s home, and our relationship is strained. This is certainly not the way the relationship should be—and this wasn’t always the case. There was a time when we were coddled by our Father’s embrace. His love for us manifested itself in many forms, including miracles, prophets, abundant blessings, and a land flowing with milk and honey. At the center of our relationship was the Holy Temple, G‑d’s home, where He literally dwelt among His people and where His presence was tangible.

All the suffering that has been our lot since the day the Temple was destroyed is a result of our exiled state. This is why we mourn the destruction of the Temples. We believe with perfect faith and pray that the day is near when we will be returned to our Father’s home and once again feel His love. We look forward to a brighter future, when the world will finally reach the culmination of its purpose, and be infused with everlasting peace and goodness.

The Month of Tammuz The radiant light of summer By Shimona Tzukernik Click on Me!

The Month of Tamuz According to the Book of Formation

(Sefer Yetzirah)

According to Sefer Yetzirah, to each month of the Jewish calendar there corresponds a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a zodiac sign, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, a sense, and a controlling limb of the body.

Tamuz is the fourth of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar.

The month of Tamuz begins the “season” (tekufah) of the summer. The three months of this season, Tamuz, Av and Elul, correspond to the three tribes of the camp of Reuben–Reuben, Simeon and Gad–who were situated to the south).

Tamuz is the month of the sin of the golden calf, which resulted in the breaking of the Tablets. On that very day, the 17th of Tamuz, begins the three week period (ending on the 9th of Av) which commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

This is the month that the spies sent by Moses traveled through the land of Israel to see it and report to the people. (They returned on the eve of the 9th of Av).

Letter: Chet (ח)

The form of the letter chet is composed of the two previous letters of the Hebrew alef-beit, the vav and the zayin (corresponding to the two previous months of Iyar and Sivan) connected from above by a thin “bridge.” In relation to the sense of sight, the form of the chet represents the dynamic of spiritual light being emitted from the eyes (the vav) and physical light returning from the object observed, to the eyes (the zayin).

The word Tamuz reads in Hebrew: “tam”–“connect together,” “consummate”–vav zayin?the two letters that together form the chet.

Mazal: Cancer

One of the meanings of the root of sartan, seret, is a visual “strip,” in general, or (as in modern Hebrew) a “film” strip in particular.

The spiritual sense of sight of Tamuz is the ability to “see through” physical reality to behold its Divine source. In accordance with this thought, the word sartan is understood as being composed of two words–sar tan–which literally reads: “remove the body” (in order to reveal the soul), i.e. remove the outer “shell” of reality (by means of the power of concentrated sight) in order to reveal reality’s inner “fruit” and lifeforce.

Tribe: Reuben

The name Reuben comes from the root “to see,” the sense of Tamuz.

The precious stone of Reuben in the breast-plate of the high priest is the odem, the ruby (from Reuben), which due to its brilliant red color (odem means red) is the most sensually visible of the stones.

Red is the most seductive of all colors, implying either the fall of man (in Hebrew odem [red] has the same spelling as adam [man]), as in the sin of the golden calf, or the ultimate rise and rectification of man, with the coming of Mashiach.

Sense: Sight

The summer (the period of Tamuz) is the “holiday” of the eyes. It is the time that one must “guard” his eyes to see only that which is good (in the world in general and in his fellow man in particular) and modest. The ability to guard and focus one’s eyesight correctly is the rectified “sense” of sight.

At the end of Moses’ blessing Israel he said (Deuteronomy 33:28): “betach badad ein Yaacov–sure, alone, is the eye of Jacob.” The word betach, “sure,” is an acronym for three words: bracha tov chayim, blessing good and life. These are the three focus-points of rectified eyesight, as is said (Deuteronomy 11:26): “See, I give before you today blessing and curse. The blessing…,” and subsequently (Deuteronomy 30:15-19): “See, I have given before you today life and good, and death and evil…and you shall chose life.” In relation to these three one must train one’s eyes (both spiritual and physical) to see only the inner positive dimension of reality and not to focus upon reality’s outer, negative “shell.”

This is the meaning of “sure, alone, is the eye of Jacob.” The sense of the Jewish eye (“the eye of Jacob”) is to only (“alone”) see that which is “sure”–G-d’s blessing, good and life.

Controller: Right Hand

The right hand, in general, and its index finger, in particular, serves to direct and focus one’s eyesight.

When reading the Torah scroll, it is a custom to point at every word with a silver “finger.” It is also a custom to use the right hand to make signs to indicate the cantillation nuances for the reader of the Torah.

The wedding ring is placed by the groom on the index finger of the bride’s right hand. This elevates the couple to the level of “my dove” (Song of Songs 5:2), the intense expression of love transmitted by the never ceasing gaze of the eyes one to the other (turning the eyes as red as a ruby)–“your eyes are as doves,” (Song of Songs 5:12)

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Exodus 28:18

שְׁמוֹת כח יח 

18 and the second row a carbuncle, a sapphire, and an emerald;

יח  וְהַטּוּר, הַשֵּׁנִי–נֹפֶךְ סַפִּיר, וְיָהֲלֹם.

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What was the fourth Choshen Stone?
 Join us as we take a Journey into learning about the precious choshen stones. We will follow the order of the stones by the order of the Hebrew Months.

יְחֶזְקֵאל כח יג  

13 thou wast in Eden the garden of G-d; every precious stone was thy covering, the carnelian, the topaz, and the emerald, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the carbuncle, and the smaragd, and gold; the workmanship of thy settings and of thy sockets was in thee, in the day that thou wast created they were prepared. יג  בְּעֵדֶן גַּן-אֱלֹהִים הָיִיתָ, כָּל-אֶבֶן יְקָרָה מְסֻכָתֶךָ אֹדֶם פִּטְדָה וְיָהֲלֹם תַּרְשִׁישׁ שֹׁהַם וְיָשְׁפֵה, סַפִּיר נֹפֶךְ, וּבָרְקַת וְזָהָב; מְלֶאכֶת תֻּפֶּיךָ וּנְקָבֶיךָ בָּךְ, בְּיוֹם הִבָּרַאֲךָ כּוֹנָנוּ.

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Rebbetzin Hadassah Bat Sheva Gordon, also known as “Sparkle” is a Chassidic Jewish Woman and friend that enjoys helping individuals, animals, and the environment. She compiles this Blog as a mitzvah in hopes to bring more women together. Diversity, acceptance, and the preservation of our heritage is paramount, as all Jews are one. Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and raised in the beautiful city of Sacramento, California, she has been blessed to gain Torah knowledge, and wisdom from a variety of Torah Scholars for more than two decades. Mrs. Gordon has studied Biblical Hebrew at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for many years, and she is concurrently completing her Graduate Studies Degree in Marriage Family Therapy-Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling at Touro University Worldwide. Mrs. Gordon earned her Bachelors of Applied Science Degree in American Sign Language Interpreting with a minor in Professional Communications, and has gained a spectrum of experience while working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Child Care Counselor, American Sign Language Interpreter, and Educator. Under the direct supervision of Registered Nurses and Physicians, Mrs. Hadassah Gordon “Sparkle” has cared for a multitude of patients in Post-Acute Hospitals, and in private in-home health care establishments. Raised by her loving mother, an amazing Registered Nurse serving the greater Sacramento community, she continues to volunteer when she can as a nursing assistant on-call. She enjoys acquiring knowledge and teaching Hebraic Studies, and Psycho-Chassidut methodology. Mrs. Gordon endeavours to help individuals heal, and as a Holistic Wellness Consultant, she also practices natural plant based medicine with an emphasis on the healing properties found within micro-plant biology, the essential oils. Moreover, she studies the ancient and holistic usages of foods and oils that grow in the land of Israel specifically, and on our planet in general. The varieties of spices, herbs, and oils that were also familiar to many during the Biblical era are quite fascinating. Rabbi Mordechai and Rebbetzin Gordon are the founders of Kochav Yaakov International Institute for Culture and Diversity, a non-profit organization that aims to provide supplemental learning opportunities for many. May Hashem bless you both to continue with your good works!HadassahAndMordechai

ראש חודש סיון

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Rosh Chodesh Sivan

Friday, 26 May 2017  1st of Sivan, 5777

א׳ בְּסִיוָן תשע״ז

Parashat Bamidbar

Rosh Chodesh Sivan 45th day of the Omer

Dear Ladies,

We will recite the entire Tehillim and send up our tefillot (prayers) to request refuah shleimah (healing), shidduchim, and mazel for individuals in need. We will also learn about the month of Sivan in which our Torah was given. We want to send out a warm thank you to Mrs. Yvette Fisbein for hosting the Rosh Chodesh meeting this month inside of her beautiful home. We would also like to thank Mrs. Simcha Toledano for her preparing and sharing a amazing shiur with us.

Sincerely, 

Rebbetzin Hadassah Bat Sheva Gordon

רביצין הֲדַסָּה בַּת־שֶׁבַע גארדאן

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The Month of Sivan

The Month of Sivan: Transcendent divinity directing the humanistic

The Shela Ha’kadosh (Rabbi Yeshaya Horowitz, 1565-1630) writes that there is a special prayer that parents should recite on Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan on behalf of their children.  As Sivan is the month in which we received the Torah, it is on Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan that parents are encouraged to pray that their children will involve themselves in Torah study.

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כח/יז  שְׁמוֹת

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ow of carnelian, topaz, and smaragd shall be the first row;

יז וּמִלֵּאתָ בוֹ מִלֻּאַת אֶבֶן, אַרְבָּעָה טוּרִים אָבֶן:  טוּר, אֹדֶם פִּטְדָה וּבָרֶקֶת–הַטּוּר, הָאֶחָד.

The Month of Sivan According to the Book of Formation (Sefer Yetzirah)

Strength and Kindness in the Torah

There are two facets to the Torah, both of which are reflected in the festival of Shavuot, the Time of the Giving of our Torah. On the one hand, the Torah is a Torah of loving-kindness, “The Torah begins with acts of kindness and ends with acts of kindness.” On the other hand, the Torah also incorporates a great deal of boldness, authority and force, “There is no boldness other than Torah, as it says, ‘G-d gives boldness to His people.’”

The Three Tzadikim of Shavu’ot

The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught there are three souls of tzaddikim (“righteous people”) who are directly related to the holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot, the holiday of the giving of the Torah to Israel is obviously the holiday of Moses, who brought the Torah to the People of Israel. Shavuot is also the anniversary of the passing of both King David and the Ba’al Shem Tov (who was a reincarnation of King David).

The Three Essential Adjectives of Torah

It is explained in Chassidut that the Torah is described by means of three essential adjectives: “the Torah of truth,” “the Torah of kindness” and “the Torah of life.” This phenomenon of three specific adjectives for describing Torah parallels a statement by the sages that all matters relating to our Holy Torah appear in groups of three (Talmud Bavli, Shabbat 88a): “Blessed be G-d who gave the three-part Torah (Torah, Prophets, Holy Writings) to the three-fold nation (Priests, Levites, Israelites) in the third month (Sivan) by means of the three (Moses, Aaron and Miriam).”

The Festival of Shavu’ot

The verse immediately following the account of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Israel by G-d at Mt. Sinai, which summarizes the experience of that greatest of all days, reads: “And the whole people saw the voices and the torches and the shofar blast and the smoking mountain…” (Exodus 20:15).

Containing Lights 

A miracle is a revelation of Divine energy, which is liable to merely disperse ineffectively if it is not contained. The vessels that can contain the Divine energy revealed through a miracle are G-d’s commandments, the mitzvot of the Torah.

Into the fiftieth gate

The forty-nine gates that reveal G-d’s control over the world manifest in our knowledge of G-d through our human intellect. However, intellectual knowledge of G-d is referred to as knowing G-d from His “back,” as Moses was told, “You shall see My back.” But, the fiftieth gate of understanding, knowing G-d from His “face,” of which it says, “My face will not be seen,” is above all the powers of our intellect. Knowing G-d’s “face” is an innermost knowledge that derives from one’s vital essence.

~Inner.org

Rosh Chodesh Iyar

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ראש חודש אִיָּר

יוֹם חֲמִישִׁי

Thursday, 27 April 2017

1st of Iyyar, 5777

א׳ בְּאִיָּר תשע״ז

Parashat Tazria-Metzora Omer day 16

Dear Ladies,

We will recite the entire Tehillim and send up our tefillot (prayers) to request refuah shleimah (healing), shidduchim, and mazel for individuals in need. We will also learn about this Hebrew month. Although a formal program has not been scheduled for this month, individuals that are interested in getting together can if they desire to do this. I am more than happy to help. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email: 916-254-3038; email rebbetzingordon@gmail.com. For ladies wishing to recite the tehillim with others, you all are welcome to join us at the KOH Library and Cultural Center this Sunday at 1:00 pm. No matter where we are, or what we are doing, the creator can bless us with strength, and ways to make divine connections with HIM.

Tefillot by the Lights

Please send in names to be added to the list for those in need.

We will pray for them by the lights.

rebbetzingordon@gmail.com

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The month of Iyar

The name of this month is called Iyar as its Babylonian name. In the Torah, it is called the second month, because it is counted second from the first month called Nissan. When we read the first book of Kings, we learn that this month is also named, Ziv, the month of radiance.

1 Kings Chapter 6 מְלָכִים א

1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the L-RD.

א  וַיְהִי בִשְׁמוֹנִים שָׁנָה וְאַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה לְצֵאת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵאֶרֶץ-מִצְרַיִם בַּשָּׁנָה הָרְבִיעִית בְּחֹדֶשׁ זִו, הוּא הַחֹדֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִי, לִמְלֹךְ שְׁלֹמֹה, עַל-יִשְׂרָאֵל; וַיִּבֶן הַבַּיִת, לַיהוָה.

The first Rosh Chodesh Iyar after the exodus from Egypt fell on Shabbat. “Shortly after the Exodus, the thirsty Israelites reached a well of bitter water. Moses cast a tree into the water, and it miraculously became sweet. G‑d then promised that if Israel followed His ways, “the diseases I have placed on Egypt I will not place upon you, for I am G‑d your Healer (אני י‑י רפאך).” The acronym for this last phrase spells out the name of the month of Iyar (אייר), thus indicating that Iyar is a propitious time for healing,” (Chabad.org).  Eliyahu Kitov writes, “Bitterness and sweetness are all the result of G-d’s word, and He who made the sweet, sweet, can also make the bitter, sweet.” Hashem gave the Israelites a number of mitzvot: Shabbat, the red-heifer, and dinim (civil law).

“Although Iyar does not contain many “special days,” every single day of the month is included in the Sefirat HaOmer counting—the mitzvah to count each of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. Sefirat HaOmer is a period of introspection and self-refinement, as we prepare ourselves to receive the Torah anew on Shavuot. Each day of Iyar represents another step in this spiritual journey toward Sinai. The 14th day of Iyar is Pesach Sheni, “the second Passover.” The Torah describes how G‑d created this holiday at the request of those who, for reasons beyond their control, were unable to offer the paschal sacrifice in its proper time. One month later, they received a second chance. Pesach Sheni reminds us that it’s never too late. With sincere effort, yesterday’s missed opportunity can become today’s achievement. The 33rd day of the Omer (18 Iyar), known as Lag BaOmer, marks the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar, the basic work of Kabbalah. Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai instructed his disciples to mark the date as “the day of my joy,” the moment when his life’s work reached its culmination. In fulfillment of this request, Lag BaOmer is celebrated as a mini-holiday, with outings, bonfires and other festivities. According to tradition, a plague afflicting many students of the great sage Rabbi Akiva ceased on Lag BaOmer. Thus, this date is a celebratory day, on which joyous activities that are forbidden during the rest of the Omer period are permitted. These activities include weddings, picnics and haircuts. Since the plague came about due to their lack of proper respect for one another, this day is also marked with an increase in Jewish unity,” Chabad.org.

Please view the video link: The Month of Iyar G-d Is Your Healer By Shimona Tzukernik

Please view the Hebrew Calendar in by click the following link: The Hebrew Calendar

The Jewish Month of Iyar

According to Sefer Yetzirah, each month of the Jewish year has a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a zodiac sign, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, a sense, and a controlling limb of the body that correspond to it.

Iyar” is the second of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar. In the Bible, the month of Iyar is called the month of “Ziv” (radiance). Iyar is also cognate to light. The month of Iyar is commonly referred to as the month of (natural) healing, for its name is an acronym for “I am G-d your Healer” (Exodus 15:26).

Red_BallB030.gif (916 bytes)Letter: “Vav.”

Vav” is a link. Iyar links together the two months of Nissan and Sivan (by the power of “sefirat haomer,” which begins in Nissan, continues throughout Iyar, and concludes in Sivan), the month of redemption and the month of the giving of the Torah. Only these three months are referred to in the Torah as the first, the second, and the third month of “the Exodus of Israel from Egypt.”

Red_BallB030.gif (916 bytes)Mazal: “Shor” (Taurus-ox).

The “shor” (the left face of the Divine Chariot) represents the spiritual origin of the “animal soul” of man. The month of Iyar is the month that man rectifies his animal soul, refines his innate character traits (each day of “sefirat haomer“), as he prepares to receive the Torah in Sivan. In Hebrew, the root “shor” also means to look or observe. Iyar is the month of introspection for the sake of self improvement.

Red_BallB030.gif (916 bytes)Tribe: Isaachar.

Isaachar is the scholarly tribe of Israel. The Sanhedren was mostly composed from the tribe of Isaachar. In particular, Isaachar was the master of the “secret” of the Jewish calender, as is said of him: “knowers of understanding the times.” His basic nature is contemplative and he serves as the “advisor” to his brethren, the tribes of Israel (in particular to the king, Judah).

Red_BallB030.gif (916 bytes)Sense: Thought.

Thought here implies contemplation and introspection. It also signifies the power of calculation (as in the calculation of the calender). This is the month of counting (“sefirat haomer“). The root “to think” in Hebrew “chashav” means “numerical calculation,” “cheshbon.”

Controller: Right kidney.

Our sages say “the kidneys give advice.” In particular, the right kidney relates to spiritual advice or introspection. The kidneys act similarly to the “conscience,” as is said “by night my kidneys chastise me.” This refers to the “chesbon nefesh” (introspection) of the month of Iyar.

http://www.inner.org/times/iyar/iyar.htm

The Breastplate: HIS people, His Gemstones

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Exodus Chapter 28; 21 שְׁמוֹת

17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, four rows of stones: a row of carnelian, topaz, and smaragd shall be the first row;…

יז  וּמִלֵּאתָ בוֹ מִלֻּאַת אֶבֶן, אַרְבָּעָה טוּרִים אָבֶן:  טוּר, אֹדֶם פִּטְדָה וּבָרֶקֶת–הַטּוּר, הָאֶחָד.

Last month was the first of all months, the month of the Aviv (Nisan). The first Choshen (Breastplate) Stone mentioned is אֹדֶם. The second stone mentioned in the first row of the choshen is פִּטְדָה Topaz.

21 And the stones shall be according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names; like the engravings of a signet, every one according to his name, they shall be for the twelve tribes.

כא  וְהָאֲבָנִים תִּהְיֶיןָ עַל-שְׁמֹת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, שְׁתֵּים עֶשְׂרֵה–עַל-שְׁמֹתָם; פִּתּוּחֵי חוֹתָם, אִישׁ עַל-שְׁמוֹ, תִּהְיֶיןָ, לִשְׁנֵי עָשָׂר שָׁבֶט.

Rosh Chodesh Nisan

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The Month of Redemption

Our sages say: “In Nissan our forefathers were redeemed from Egypt, and in Nissan we will be redeemed.” The name of the month, Nissan, is cognate to the word, Nissim, “miracles.” The two letters, nun, at the beginning and end of Nissan, allude, according to our sages, to “miracles of miracles” (nisai nissim). ~inner.org

ראש חודש נִיסָן

 א׳ בְּנִיסָן תשע״ז

יוֹם שְׁלִישִׁי

Tuesday March 28, 2017 1st of Nisan, 5777

Parashat Vayikra (In Diaspora)

Dear Ladies,

you are all invited to Join us to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Nisan. The event will take place in Sacramento, California at the Albert Einstein center inside of the eatery. We will recite the entire Tehillim as a collective group and send up our tefillot (prayers) to request refuah shleimah (healing), shidduchim, and mazel for individuals in need. We learn about this Hebrew month, and Rebbetzin Hadassah Bat Sheva Gordon will give a short summary and lecture entitled, “Pesach Essentials.”  We will also learn about the Hebrew month and enjoy a creative activity with Ms. Cindy Swartz. Afterwards, you are invited to join us for a kosher dinner across the hall. Please see the information below for more details. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need a carpool, or have any questions. Park across the street opposite the Albert Einstein Center.

Phone and Text: 916-254-3038

Email  rebbetzingordon@gmail.com

Time: 3:30pm

Location: Albert Einstein Center

Parking access:  Across on street-side.

1935 Wright Street, Sacramento, CA 95825

Dinner is only for individuals that send in RSVPs by Sunday

Meal Price $15 

Choices of Soup:
1. Broccoli mushroom
2. vegetable 

Choices: Main meal

1. Baked salmon

2. Seafood spaghetti

3.Vegetable lasagna

Dessert Choices

1. Bread pudding or

2. Fruit with cottage cheese.

Torah Reading: Vayikra: Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26 

Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21 – 44:23

Link = Parashat Vayikra

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 G‑d calls to Moses from the Tent of Meeting, and communicates to him the laws of the korbanot, the animal and meal offerings brought in the Sanctuary. These include:

• The “ascending offering” (olah) that is wholly raised to G‑d by the fire atop the altar;

• Five varieties of “meal offering” (minchah) prepared with fine flour, olive oil and frankincense;

• The “peace offering” (shelamim), whose meat was eaten by the one bringing the offering, after parts are burned on the altar and parts are given to the kohanim (priests);

• The different types of “sin offering” (chatat) brought to atone for transgressions committed erroneously by the high priest, the entire community, the king or the ordinary Jew;

• The “guilt offering” (asham) brought by one who has misappropriated property of the Sanctuary, who is in doubt as to whether he transgressed a divine prohibition, or who has committed a “betrayal against G‑d” by swearing falsely to defraud a fellow man.

The Month of Nisan According to the Book of Formation (Sefer Yetzirah)

According to The Book of Formation (Sefer Yetzirah) Each month of the Jewish year has a corresponding color, a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a zodiac sign, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, a sense, and a controlling organ/limb of the body.

Nisan is the first month of the Jewish calendar.

The first commandment given to the newly born nation of Israel before the Exodus from Egypt was: “This month [the month of Nisan] shall be for you the first of the months” (Exodus 12:2).

The month of Nisan begins, in particular, the period (tekufah) of the spring. The three months of this period–Nisan, Iyar, Sivan–correspond to the three tribes of the camp of Judah–Judah, Issachar, Zebulun–who were situated to the east of the Tabernacle. In the Torah, Nisan is referred to as “the month of the spring” (חודש האביב).

In addition, Nisan is the first of the six summer months, which correspond to six levels of direct light (in Divine service–“arousal from above”). This is alluded to in its synonym “the month of spring” (אביב), whose first two letters, alef (א) and beit (ב),are in the direct or straight order of the Hebrew alphabet.

Nisan is also referred to as “the month of the redemption.” According to the accepted opinion of our sages: “In Nisan our forefathers were redeemed from Egypt and in Nisan we will be redeemed” (Rosh Hashanah 11a).

Nisan is a month of miracles, as its name stems from the Hebrew word for “miracles” (ניסים). The fact that the name Nisan (ניסן) possesses two nuns (נ and ן) implies according to the sages to “miracles of miracles” (ניסי ניסים). Of the future redemption, it is said: “As the days of your exodus from Egypt, I shall reveal to him wonders.” In Chassidut this verse is explained to mean that the wonders of the redemption of the future will be wondrous and miraculous even relative to the miracles of the Exodus from Egypt–hence “miracles of miracles.”

Letter: Hei (ה)

The letter hei is the phonetic source for all 22 letters of the alef-beit.

The sages teach us that “with the letter hei G-d created this world.” As it says in the beginning of the second account of Creation (which corresponds to the Jewish calendar, beginning from Nisan): “When they were created” (בהבראם) and this word is written in a manner that it means “with [the letter] hei, they were created.” Thus, the month of Nisan signifies the annual renewal of the creation of this world.

Mazal: Aries (Lamb)

The lamb symbolizes the Pesach sacrifice, the first sacrifice of the Jewish people to     G-d just before their redemption. The Jewish people itself is symbolized by a lamb (surrounded by seventy wolves). Of all of G-d’s creations, the lamb possesses the innate ability to arouse mercy by its voice (the origin of the sense of speech of the month of Nisan).

Tribe: Judah

Judah is the king (the “first”) of the tribes of Israel. His name means to give thanks, in speech (the sense of Nisan).

The king rules his people by the power of his speech, an idea found in the verse, “For the king’s word is his sovereign power.” The month of Nisan is “the new year for kings” (Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 1:1, see also this article).

Sense: Speech

The sense of speech implies ones ability to express one’s deepest feelings and insights. Therefore, conceptually, all forms of expression are referred to generically as “speech.”

“This world” (created by the letter hei of Nisan) is one that is founded upon (verbal) communication. Personifying the sefirah of kingdom, our present reality is often referred to as “the world of speech” (or “the revealed world”).

The very root of the Hebrew word for “speech” (דבור) means “to lead” (לדבר), as in the verse, “He will cause us to lead many nations” (Psalms 47:4). Thus the sense of speech is in essence the sense of leadership.

The central mitzvah of the month of Nisan, which occurs on the Seder night (the eve of the 15th of Nisan), is the telling of the story of the Exodus–“the more one tells of the Exodus from Egypt, the more one is praiseworthy.” This is the foremost mitzvah requiring speech of the entire year. Of the 15 stages of the seder (15 = 5, the sum of all numbers from 1 to 5, where 5 is the value of the letter hei, ה, the letter of the month of Nisan), magid–the telling of the story of the Exodus–is the 5th stage (again, 5 is the value of the letter hei, which, as noted is the phonetic source of all speech). Indeed, even the telling of the story of the Exodus, the magid, begins with the word “hei” (hei lachma anya, “this is the poor-mans bread”).

Thus, the redemption from Egypt (the existential state of “confinement,” the inability to truly express oneself–“all exiles are referred to as Egypt”) symbolizes freedom of speech.

Controller: Right Foot

Just as “speaking” means “to lead,” so does one’s gait (with one’s right foot, the foot of trust and confidence) direct and control one’s sense of speech, as is said: “walkers on the way, speak” (Judges 5:10). Speaking words of Torah while walking on the way inspires new insights into the secrets of the Torah. For this reason, we find that many of the secrets of the holy Zohar were revealed in the context of “walking on the way.” inner.org

Rosh Chodesh Adar

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Rosh Chodesh Adar

יוֹם שֵׁנִי Monday, February 27, 2017 1st of Adar, 5777

Parashat Terumah

א׳ בַּאֲדָר תשע״ז

 

Dear Ladies you are all invited to Join us in Sacramento, California at the KOH Library and Cultural Center on Monday February 27, 2017 at 5:30pm. We will recite the entire Tehillim as a collective group and send up our tefillot (prayers) to request refuah shleimah (healing), shidduchim, and mazel for individuals in need. We will also learn about the twelfth Hebrew month Adar. We will share ideas about this fascinating event that transpired by embarking the vessel that will carry us into their place, a time behind us, but near and precious to us now. We plan to discuss the Book of Esther- {מגילת אסתר}, also known in Hebrew as “the Scroll” (Megillah). It is a book in the third section (Ketuvim, “Writings”) of the Jewish Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible). Please bring your own book; The Story of Ester. If you do not have your own copy, we will have extra available for you. Please, if you can read and familiarize yourself with the text in order to prepare your mind by tasting the basics of what is to come. Additionally, learn the obligations connected to us during this month. Shulchan Aruch: The Laws of Reading the Megillah, Siman 141-continue…

Our learning this Rosh Chodesh Adar is dedicated in memory of

Haviva bat Shlomo Z”L-Sima Toledano’s dear mother

&

Miryam bat Eliyahoo Z”L – Shmuel Toledano’s dear mother

The word Adar is cognate to the Hebrew word “adir”, meaning “strength”. Adar is the month of good fortune for the Jewish people, good fortune which comes via the receiving of G-d’s divine instructions.
ב  יְהוָה אֲדֹנֵינוּ–    מָה-אַדִּיר שִׁמְךָ, בְּכָל-הָאָרֶץ;
אֲשֶׁר תְּנָה הוֹדְךָ,    עַל-הַשָּׁמָיִם.
2 O L-RD, our L-rd, how glorious is Thy name in all the earth! Whose majesty is rehearsed above the heavens.

The zodiac sign of this month is called “Pisces“. “Adar” means “exalted”, “praised”, “power”, and “strength”. Where it says: “the L-rd is (Adir)-אַדִּיר- mighty on High”.

This year, Purim will be on Sunday March 12, 2017 the fourteenth of Adar. During this month, Moshe was born, and also passed away. Nonetheless, Adar is the official “happy month,” as it is written: “As soon as Adar begins, increase in joy!” The fifteenth of Adar is Shushan Purim, Monday March 13, 2017. Why do we increase in joy? Just as we decrease our joy because we are separated from the Shekinah (G-d’s presence) in the month of Av, so too in Adar we rejoice because the whole month is a time when the Shekina (G-d’s presence) is close to us. When G-d commanded Moshe to construct the tabernacle, He made the following request: make for Me a small chamber (Mishkan in Hebrew) so that I may live (dwell in your midst)-וְעָשׂוּ לִי, מִקְדָּשׁ; וְשָׁכַנְתִּי, בְּתוֹכָם. The very name of this month implies that it is a time when the Shekinah (G-d’s presence which educates the human conscious) dwells among us.

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כ  וְהַטּוּר, הָרְבִיעִי–תַּרְשִׁישׁ וְשֹׁהַם, וְיָשְׁפֵה; מְשֻׁבָּצִים זָהָב יִהְיוּ, בְּמִלּוּאֹתָם.

20 and the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper; they shall be inclosed in gold in their settings.

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‎‎ראש חודש שבט

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January 28, 2017

1st of Sh’vat, 5777

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 פָּרָשַׁת וָאֵרָא

Because Rosh Chodesh will arrive on Shabbat, we will be meeting as a group on Sunday January 29, 2017

יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן

ב׳ בִּשְׁבָט תשע״ז

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Shalom Ladies,

 
The Sacramento Rosh Chodesh Women’s group will be gathering together at the home of Ms. Yvette Fishbein at four o’clock (יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן) Sunday afternoon January 29, 2017. We will recite the entire Tehillim as a collective group and send up our tefillot (prayers) to request refuah shleimah (healing), shidduchim, and mazel for individuals. We will learn about the month of Shevat, the month in which begins with the day that Moshe translates the Torah, and leads up to the Full Moon of Tu B’Shvat. Moreover, the sense of this month is taste.  Knowing Hashem in all of our ways, and in every aspect of our lives enables us to extend divinity, and holiness to others. Through thoughtful eating, we can maintain good health, and become better able to perform good deeds, serve HASHEM, and to help others. Please do NOT hesitate to ask for a ride to the event if needed, call me(Hadassah Bat Sheva) at (916) 254-3038.
Cordially,
~רביצין הֲדַסָּה בַּת־שֶׁבַע גארדאן 
“The 15th day of Shevat—Tu Beshvat—is the “New Year of Trees” according to the school of Hillel; according to the school of Shamai, the “New Year of Trees” is the first of Shevat. “The “New Year of Trees” is the day from which the new year is reckoned for the fruit of the trees with regard to the mitzvot of ma’aser (“tithes”; fruit that blossoms after this date may not be taken as a tithe with fruit that blossomed before) and orlah (the fruit of a tree less than three years old is called orlah, and is forbidden to eat). Tu Beshvat is celebrated by partaking of fruit, especially of the seven species with which the land of Israel is blessed.” (inner.org).This date marks the new year for determining the age of the fruit of the tree with regard to certain agricultural halachot, such as tithing. We do not recite Tachanun on that day, and it is customary on that day to partake of many types of fruits. Shevat is the 11th month on the Jewish calendar counting from Nissan. The high point of the month is the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, known as the “New Year for Trees.” This is the day when the sap begins to rise in the fruit trees in Israel—the start of a new growing season.
The Seven Species (Shivat Haminim שבעת המינים) are the seven types of fruits and grains named in the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:8) as the main produce of the land of Israel (ארץ ישראל). In ancient times these foods were staples of the Israelite diet.sevenspeciesroundplate
They were also important in the ancient Hebraic belief system, because one of the Temple tithes derived from these seven foods. The tithe was called the bikkurim (ביכורים), which meant “first fruits.” Today the seven species are still important agricultural items in modern Israel but they no longer dominate the produce of the country as they once did. On the holiday of Tu B’Shvat (ט״ו בשבט) it has become traditional for Jews to eat from the seven species. Shvat is the eleventh of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar.”(inner.org).
“Tu Beshvat, the 15th day of the 11th month alludes to the secret of G-d’s essential Name, Havayah (י־הוה). The value of the first two letters of Havayah, (the yud and hei, which represent the higher, concealed level of unification) is 15. Its last two letters (vav and hei, which represent the lower, revealed level of unification), equal 11. Indeed, as explained else where, the full secret of the Havayah is the secret of the “Tree of Life,” the tree of the month of Shevat.”(inner.org).
Letter: Tzadik – צ
“The letter tzadik (צ) symbolizes the true tzadik (“righteous one”), “and the tzadik is the foundation of the world.” The one consummate tzadik of the generation personifies the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden (all of whose trees correspond to the souls of the righteous).”(inner.org).
“The very form of the letter tzadik (especially its final form, ץ, which represents the true manifestation of the tzadik in the future) resembles a tree. In the Torah, man is called “the tree of the field” (עֵץ הַשָׂדֶה), which equals 474. 474 is also the gematria of “knowledge” (דַעַת), the unique property of man in general and of the tzadik in particular. The word “knowledge” in Hebrew implies the power of “connection.” Thus, the month of Shevat is the month for connecting to the true tzadik of the generation, the Tree of Life of the generation.”(inner.org).
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Color: Blue-Green
Mazal: D’li (Aquarius–the Pail)    raingreentrees
The New Year of Trees of the month of Shevat is the time that the rain waters of the winter months begin to ascend in the veins of the tree and bring it new life. The ascent of water in general is represented by the “pail” (דְלִי), which in Hebrew steams from the root meaning “to lift up,” as in the verse “my eyes are lifted up to heaven” (Isaiah 38:14). The letter of the previous month, Tevet, is the ayin (ע), which literally means “an eye.” When the ayin of Tevet is lifted up to connect with the tzadik of Shevat, the word “tree” (עֵץ) is formed.”(inner.org).eye-looking-up
The Ba’al Shem Tov said that when one meets a water-carrier carrying pitchers full of water, it is a sign of blessing. The tzadik is considered the true manifestation of a water carrier.
“‘Water’ refers to Torah.” The month of Shevat is referred to as the new year for the study of Torah. The eating of the fruits of Shevat corresponds to the partaking of and integration of the sweet fruits of Torah wisdom. And so the waters of Shevat represent the sweet waters of Torah.”(inner.org).
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Tribe: Asher
“The name “Asher” (אַשֵׁר) means “pleasure” and “happiness.” Our father Jacob blessed his son Asher: “from Asher comes delicious [lit. fat] bread, and he shall provide the delicacies of the king” (Genesis 49:20). From this it is evident that Asher represents the sense of taste and eating.”(inner.org).
“The special tree which Asher personifies is the olive tree, which gives the goodly oil with which Asher’s portion in the land of Israel was blessed. Of the seven species of the land of Israel, the olive is the sixth, which, in Kabbalah, corresponds to the sefirah of foundation, and to the tzadik who is described in the Bible as, “tzadik, foundation of the world” (Proverbs 10:25). Olive oil represents the potent seed of the tzadik to bear and sustain blessed generations of Jewish souls.”(inner.org).
Sense: eating, taste
“The rectified sense of eating is the special sense of the tzadik, as is said: “The tzadik eats to satisfy his soul” (Proverbs 13:25). This verse continues: “but the stomach of the wicked is always lacking.” The soul-oriented tzadik feels “full” and happy with a little; the body-oriented wicked person never feels content. “(inner.org).tree
“Eating from the Tree of Life, the tzadik derives great pleasure (“life” in Torah means “pleasure”) from the Divine sparks of light and life force present within the food he eats. In his rectified state of consciousness he is continuously aware that “not on the [physical dimension of] bread alone does man live, but on each utterance of the mouth of G-d does man live.”(inner.org).
The time of greatest pleasure in partaking of food is on the day of Shabbat. The word for “to satisfy [his soul]” (שֹׂבַע) is cognate to the word for “seven” (שֶׁבַע), alluding to the seventh day of Shabbat. A true tzadik experiences the pleasure of Shabbat the entire week (in the Zohar, the tzadik is called Shabbat). The word Shevat itself transforms to Shabbat (since the two letters tet and tav, both letters of the tongue, are phonetically interchangeable).”(inner.org).
Controller: stomach [and esophagus]
“The relation between the stomach and sense of eating (and taste) is clear.stomachandesophogus
Our sages state: “the kurkavan [espophagus] grinds.” {Sefer Yetzirah-The Book of Formation}. The process of grinding is essential to digestion. Dissecting the coarse food substance to fine parts is necessary in order to release the sparks of Divine life force contained within the food. By “grinding” (similar to the “chewing” of the mouth) the stomach “tastes” the inner essence of the food. This inner, spiritual sense of taste controls the more external sense of taste and eating in the mouth.”(inner.org) 

ראש חודש טֵבֵת

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Rosh Chodesh Tevet

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Thursday Evening December 29, 2016

29th of Kislev, 5777 {כ״ט בְּכִסְלֵו תשע״ז}

Into Nightfall=1st of Tevet, 5777

{יוֹם שִׁישִׁי}

א׳ בְּטֵבֵת תשע״ז  Parashat Miketz (in Diaspora)

Chanukah: 6 Candles

Shalom Ladies,

the Sacramento Rosh Chodesh Women’s group will be gathering together in a wonderful home at six-thirty on (יוֹם שִׁישִׁי) Thursday evening December 29, 2016. We will recite the entire Tehillim as a collective group and send up our tefillot (prayers) to request refuah shleimah (healing), shidduchim, and mazel for individuals. Please  do NOT hesitate to ask for a ride to the event if needed 1 (916) 254-3038. “Tevet is the tenth month on the Jewish calendar, counting from Nissan. Its name—which is mentioned in the Book of Esther—was acquired in Babylonia, and shares a root with the Hebrew word tov, good.

This month begins with the last days of Chanukah. By internalizing the message of the ever-increasing lights of the menorah—reminding us of the power of good over evil—we are able to reveal the good which is hidden in our lives and in the world around us.

The 10th of Tevet is a fast day, commemorating the start of the siege of Jerusalem in the year 3336 (425 BCE), which led to the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) three and a half years later on the 9th of Av.

On a fast day, the divine attribute of mercy is able to be drawn down into this world. By fasting over the destruction of the Temple, one “sweetens” G‑d’s anger with Israel, the cause of the destruction. Our sages explain, “Every generation for which the Temple is not rebuilt, is as though the Temple was destroyed for that generation.” As such, a fast day is not really a sad day, but an opportune day. It’s a day when we are empowered to fix the cause of that first destruction, so that our long exile will end and we will find ourselves living in messianic times—may that be very soon,” (Chabad.org) Please click on the following blue link to access a video regarding the month of Tevet. Rosh Chodesh Tevet.

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“The Tenth of Tevet (Heb, Asara b’Tevet) marks the day on which the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem began in the year 588 BCE, an event which eventually led to the destruction on the Temple in 586 BCE and the first exile from Israel. Though the day usually falls out near the time of Hanukkah, the two holidays have no significant relationship with each other. The Tenth of Tevet is considered a “minor fast” and orthodox Jews refrain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset on the day of fasting.

In Israel, the Tenth of Tevet has also come to be marked as a memorial day for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The kaddish (Prayer for the deceased) is recited on this day for people whose date or place of death during the Holocaust is unknown and that is how the date has gotten the unofficial Hebrew moniker, Yom Ha-kaddish ha-kleli, literally translated as The General Kaddish Day.

“And it was in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth (day) of the month, that Nebuchadnetzar, King of Babylon came, he and all his hosts, upon Yerushalayim, and he encamped upon it and built forts around it. And the city came under siege till the eleventh year of King Tzidkiyahu. On the ninth of the month famine was intense in the city, the people bad no bread, and the city was breached” (Second Melachim 25

We see then, that the tenth of Tevet — on which the siege of Yerushalayim began, was the beginning of the whole chain of calamities which finally ended with the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash.

‘The essential significance of the fast of the Tenth of Tevet, as well as that of the other fast days, is not primarily the grief and mourning which they evoke. Their aim is rather to awaken the hearts towards repentance; to recall to us, both the evil deeds of our fathers, and our own evil deeds, which caused anguish to befall both them and us and thereby to cause us to return towards the good. As it is said: “And they shall confess their transgressions and the transgressions of their fathers.” (Vayikra 26. Rambam Hilchot Ta’anit Chapter 5). The aim of fasting, therefore, is to subjugate our evil inclination by restriction of pleasure; to open our hearts and stir us to repentance and good deeds through which the gates of Divine mercy might be opened for us.

Therefore, each person is obligated to examine his deeds and to repent during these days. As it is written of the people of Ninveh: “And the L-rd saw their actions ” (Yonah 3) . . upon which the Rabbis say: “It is not said, He saw their sackcloth and fasting, but rather their actions ” (Ta’anit 22). We see hence that the purpose of fasting is repentance.

‘Therefore, the people, who fast but engage in pointless activities, grasp what is of secondary importance and miss what is essential. Nevertheless, repentance alone without fasting is also insufficient. There is a positive commandment of Rabbinic origin to fast on his day.

If a public fast falls on Shabbat, it is delayed until after Shabbat since fasting is not permitted on Shabbat. The one exception is Yom Kippur, which based on a verse in the Torah is observed even if it falls on Shabbat. The Geonim also write that the same was once true of the tenth of Tevet, since it is written of the tenth of Tevet: “On this very day” (YehezkeI 2). In our calendar calculation, however, the tenth of Tevet can never fall on Shabbat.

It a public fast occurs on Erev Shabbat we fast the entire day till the conclusion of the fast, even though it means entering Shabbat while fasting. Nowadays our calendar calculation is such that the only public fast, which can fall on Erev Shabat, is the tenth of Tevet,” (Jewish Virtual Library). Click on the following link in blue for a trip to the virtual library. The Tenth of Tevet (Asara B’Tevet)

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