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Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.

Nisan TODAY: (Thursday) 5 May 2016 : 27 Nisan 5776
Nisan
(Thu) 5 May 2016 : 27 Nisan 5776

Redemptions Bring New Life

Nisan|ניסן

During the month of Nisan, two mighty acts of salvation transpired: the Exodus from Egypt, when the people of Israel was delivered from slavery, and the death and resurrection of the Righteous One, Messiah Yeshua. The Exodus serves as the quintessential paradigm for God's salvation. It was there in the midst of slavery and oppression that the family of Jacob miraculously grew into the nation of Israel. Even when the majority of God's people could not see His hand in the circumstances they found themselves in, God raised up a prophet who led them to a deliverance they never thought...

TOPICSdeliverance, exodus, firstborn, freedom, Nisan, Passover, pesach, redemption, slavery


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Giving, Mercy and Salvation

Adar|אדר

Before we begin the cycle of months again next month, we are privileged to remember and celebrate the events recorded in the Book of Esther. This celebration, which is in the middle of the month, is known as Purim, where the Holy One rescued the Jews from an evil decree. Also during this month, we remember the rededication of the temple after the Babylonian Exile. Ezra and Nehemiah led this Jewish return in rebuilding the temple with non-believers taunting them, but never the less, with the help of Hashem, they triumphed. On the third day of the month, Ezra and...

TOPICSAdar, charity, Esther, fasting, gifts, giving, loving-kindness, mercy, mishloach manot, Mordechai, Purim, salvation


The Giving of Adar

Adar|אדר

As we come to the end of the cycle of months, you might make a double take at your Jewish calendar. No, it's not a typo or negligent editing. There are sometimes two months of Adar. Yes, it is true. Why? Because there are 7 leap years every 19 years in the Jewish calendar, and every leap year, the month of Adar is doubled. In order for Passover to fall during the spring,1 it is necessary to add a month to the calendar every so often to keep Passover from sliding back into winter. Imagine leaving Egypt in the already...

TOPICSAdar, charity, giving, mishloach manot, Purim, tzedakah


The Trees of Shevat

Shevat|שבט

As winter drones on, one often feels that the cold will never end. Thoughts of the warm sunshine seem like a distant memory. For those in more snowy climates, cabin fever takes effect. In the Land of Israel, the winter season is somewhat different. At this time when there is plenty of rain, the hills and fields all over the country turn a lush and emarald green as some new crops appear. Grasses and weeds also flourish and can turn the dry and arid landscapes into beautiful fields of green. As we enter into the month of Shevat, particularly in...

TOPICSfruit, new year, shevat, trees, Tu B'Shevat