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Rosh Chodesh Audio

Haftorah: Rosh Chodesh
Astronomy and Torah
Audio | 50:03
Astronomy and Torah
Calculating the Lunar Cycle
Astrophysicist, Dr. Jeremy Schnittman, discusses how studying astronomy can be a spiritual experience and explains the astoundingly accurate calculations that the Sages used for determining the appearance of the new moon.
What's Good About Being Vulnerable?
A Taste of Text—Pinchas
Only by making itself vulnerable to the mortality and pitfalls of the physical state can the soul of man gain the power to make of itself more than it is.
Learning the Haftorah: Rosh Chodesh
The weekly portion from the Prophets
What Is Rosh Chodesh?
Understanding the Jewish Months
In this introduction to a monthly class on the Jewish calendar, our host, Shimona Tzukernik, explains the significance of the monthly holiday of Rosh Chodesh (the New Moon, or literally, “Head of the Month.”)
The Month of Tishrei
Awakening Consciousness and Mindfulness
Our sages teach that all sevens are special. Tishrei, the seventh month, is “saturated” with holidays and holiness. This month, we work on bringing down our spiritual and intellectual consciousness into all that we do.
The Month of Cheshvan
Silent Cleansing
The unique gift of Cheshvan is that it has nothing special about it. It is the month of silence that comes from peace and tranquility. After refining ourselves and ridding ourselves of all the resistance, we can take the inspiration we’ve experienced and bring it into the mundane aspects of our lives.
The Month of Kislev
Concealment and Revelation
Kislev is the month that begins the winter season, when the light of the summer becomes hidden and we enter into a place of spiritual concealment. But it is through our surrender to the darkness that we can reveal and manifest the greatness of who we are.
The Month of Shevat
Audio | 13:04
The Month of Shevat
Drawing down a line of holiness
The month of Shevat teaches us how to widen the circles of sanctity and draw down holiness into our everyday lives. Notable events include Moses’ translation of the Torah on the first of Shevat, and the New Year for Trees on the 15th of Shevat.
The Month of Adar
Audio | 11:57
The Month of Adar
“Mazal tov” is not “good luck”
The Torah tells us not to pay attention to astrological influences, but it also tells us that Adar is a month full of “mazal” (good fortune). How do we reconcile these concepts?
The Month of Nissan
Audio | 10:36
The Month of Nissan
Creating yourself from the inside out
In the Talmud, Rabbi Eliezer says that the world was created in the autumn, in the month of Tishrei, while Rabbi Yehoshua says that the world was created in the spring, in the month of Nissan. What are the two different “creations,” and how do they correspond to body and soul, as well as the outer and the inner self?
The Month of Iyar
Audio | 11:27
The Month of Iyar
G-d Is Your Healer
The name of this month, Iyar, spells an acronym for the phrase “I am the L‑rd your healer.” What does the unique nature of this month teach us about illness as well as healing? What role do we play in blocking or facilitating our own healing?
The Month of Sivan
Audio | 11:23
The Month of Sivan
Transcendent divinity directing the humanistic
Sivan is the month in which the Torah was given. The commandments are not humanistic, but divine. An overarching light and transcendent divinity must drive our reading of the Torah. This lesson explores how to bring the essence of our Creator into the details of our lives.
The Month of Tammuz
Audio | 10:29
The Month of Tammuz
The radiant light of summer
There’s a duality within the sun, in that it provides light but its light can also be blinding. We, too, contain opposites within ourselves, and our most powerful inclinations can also become our greatest weaknesses. How can we direct our energies positively?
The Month of Av
Audio | 10:17
The Month of Av
From the fires of destruction to the fires of redemption
The astrological sign of the month of Av is connected with a lion, and represents a month of enormous potential and also great tragedy. Just as healing and redemption follow the fires of destruction, similarly in our lives, our challenges are divine gifts helping us to move forward.
The Month of Elul
Audio | 9:34
The Month of Elul
The feminine modality for change
Elul, the month of feminine energy, is a time to incubate and grow small changes in our lives to give birth to a deeper, transformed relationship between G‑d and man.
Reflections on
The proper pronunciation for Yaaleh v'Yavo
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