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Secrets of the Jewish Leap Year
In the wisdom of the Kabbalah, the Jewish People are likened to the moon.
The Shelah teaches that whereas the gentile nations arrange their calendar according to the orbit of the sun, the Jewish people count according to the orbit of the moon.

When G-d told the moon to diminish itself, the moon was not placated until told that Israel would use it for its calendar calculations and also promised that the righteous would bear its name.
Just Around Midnight
Kabbalah teaches that when punitive forces are unleashed, none are beyond judgment.
Had the slaying of the firstborn been done by the Angel of Death, there would not have been a distinction between the just and the unjust, for such an agent does not have the ability to distinguish between the righteous and the wicked. In order to save the Jewish firstborn, G-d had to descend personally to carry out this plague.
The Lamb of Unity
The Passover Offering hints at the uniqueness and unity of the Jewish nation.
The Jewish People were spared from the ten Plagues for G-d took them as a personal nation and made them a part of Himself. Therefore they earned the privilege of serving G-d and were obligated to bring the Pesach Offering, which served as a sign that they had a unique relationship with G-d.
No Absolutes
G-d had given outstanding Torah scholars the ability to attract to themselves the "good" part of any sinner.
Evil does not originate with G‑d for He is the Creator of all that is good. Anything in the nature of evil is initiated by one of the agents He has designated. G‑d Himself indicated who was the firstborn; His agents carried out the death sentence.
Completing the Name
In the final redemption, G-d's full name will be employed.
Although the redemption from Egypt was indeed a great redemption, it was not an ultimate redemption. Such a redemption will occur only in the future when the Mashiach comes, at which time all the letters in the Ineffable Name will combine and form the dual-faced, male-female name, i.e. the concept that prevailed at the time the prototype of Adam - who was created male and female combined - was created.
Secrets of the Jewish Leap Year
In the wisdom of the Kabbalah, the Jewish People are likened to the moon.
The Shelah teaches that whereas the gentile nations arrange their calendar according to the orbit of the sun, the Jewish people count according to the orbit of the moon.

When G-d told the moon to diminish itself, the moon was not placated until told that Israel would use it for its calendar calculations and also promised that the righteous would bear its name.
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