Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rosh Chodesh Iyar - ראש חודש אייר

Landscape at the entrance to Jerusalem


Today and tomorrow, we celebrate Rosh Chodesh Iyar, the beginning of the new month of Iyar.

A new month also stands for a new beginning in life. At least having another, more positive try, and thus getting a piece of new hope that everything may get better.
The kabbalistic "Sefer Yetzirah - Book of Creation" comments on the month of Iyar that the letter of the month is the VAV ו , the tribe of the month is Yissachar, the human sense is "human thought" and the organ of the month is the right kidney.

A great, healthy, successful and spiritual month of Iyar to all of us !


  1. To people still have access to Sefer Yetzirah? Talks about creating animals where none existed before.

  2. B"H

    You can buy it in any book store. Especially the one in English with a Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan commentary.

    Creating a Golem ?

    Yes, but this may be difficult, as you need earth from an area where no men has ever stepped on. Not one since the creation of the world !

  3. OK. So much for getting some dogs to play around in my back yard. But speaking of dogs, you know it's very funny Miriam, how chassidim used to believe that misagdim, especially big Rabbis and Roshei Yeshiva had gilgulim as dogs. There's the story of a Rebbe looking out his window, and his chosid comes over and asks what the Rebbe is looking at for so long. He says, "see that barking dog in the yard? He used to be a big misnagid lomdon."

  4. B"H

    There is such a story about Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer z"l (died last year) as well. R. Brandsdorfer was a Toldot Avraham Yitzchak Chassid and a Possek in the Edah.

  5. B"H

    There used to be a real war between the two groups. Especially in the times of the Mezritcher Maggid and the Vilna Gaon.
    I have been reading two books on the subject and been putting together some material for an article. Unfortunately, every author (researcher) seems to have a different opinion on why the Mitnagdim hated the Chassidim.

    I am sure that Mitnagdim were also having their Gilgul opnions on the Chassidim. They probably saw them as Shabbtai Zvi.:-)