Friday, May 10, 2013

BENADOR: Rosh Chodesh Sivan - Chodesh Tov!


A special Blessing for the new month: Chodesh Tov!
We just began the blessed month of Sivan... Sivan means a lot to me, as it's the month of *the* most important Bar Mitzvah in our family.

As every year, I attended services on a very sunny and bright day, and was just in time for the Torah reading.  Even though I read Korach each year, every time, I discover a new Teaching G-d left for us in it.  An overwhelming feeling of Divine overwhelms me each time I read the Torah.  And, this, will be forever a special date in my life. 

May G-d bless him always in all he does, may He watch over him and may He protect him from evil always and forever.
Sivan is special because... "... the People of Israel encamped there, opposite the Mountain." The Mountain refers to Mount Sinai.
And, the following OU comment: "The verb written in Hebrew for "encamped" is "vayichan," a singular, rather than plural, form. This is to indicate that the acceptance of the Torah by the Jewish People was as if with a single mind, and a single heart. This was necessary because the Torah was like a marriage contract between G-d and Israel and, as such, there was no room for any hesitation or disloyalty between the parties."
In Divrei HaYamim (Chronicles II) (15:9-12), we find, regarding King Asa of Yehudah, "And he gathered all of Yehudah and Binyamin, and from those who lived with them, from Ephrayim and Menasheh and from Shimon, for they gathered unto him in multitudes, because they saw that the L-rd was with him. And they were gathered to Yerushalayim in the third month, of the fifteenth year of King Asa. And they sacrificed to the L-rd on that day, bringing from the booty, seven hundred cattle and seven thousand sheep. And they entered into the Covenant to seek the L-rd, the G-d of their fathers, with all their heart and all their soul."
And Jewish Tradition teaches us that this entry into a Covenant with G-d by the Jewish People, approximately six hundred years after the Covenant at Sinai, occurred on Rosh Chodesh Sivan.
May G-d Guide every Jew to Him, and may all Jews choose the Path of Righteousness, now and forever and ever...

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