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Adar is the month of joyous transformation, the month with the “nullifying power” of sixty. The power to transform an undesirable — even destructive — force into a nourishing joy and delight.
The significance of the lunar and solar calendars is explained as related to Haman’s fateful choice of the month of Adar for the Jews’ destruction.
A discussion about the Torah portion of Shemini, which literally translates to “Eighth,” and the number which signifies a dimension beyond nature.
To the physicist it is the fourth dimension, to the mystic it is the first creation. To most of us, time is simply a faceless tyrant, an abstract dimension.
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The mitzvah of kiddush hachodesh, sanctification of the new month, as “the first mitzvah commanded to the Jewish people.”
Weekly Op-Ed •May 13th, 2006• 1 Comment
The Hebrew calendar’s technical and spiritual dimensions are analyzed with respect to the counting of the Omer period between Passover and Shavuot.