The Following are special dates for our serious consideration that we might take the time to honour theme. May these enrich your walk with the Creator of the Heavens.

YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 66: 22-23 “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says YHWH (the Lord), “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says YHWH (the Lord.) Shalom!

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The Hebrew Month of Healing 

Iyar: The Month of Iyar According to Sefer Yetzirah

The Jewish Month of Iyar

According to Sefer Yetzirah, each month of the Jewish year has a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a zodiac sign, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, a sense, and a controlling limb of the body that correspond to it.

“Iyar” is the second of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar. In the Bible, the month of Iyar is called the month of “Ziv” (radiance). Iyar is also cognate to light. The month of Iyar is commonly referred to as the month of (natural) healing, for its name is an acronym for “I am G-d your Healer” (Exodus 15:26).

Letter: “Vav.”

“Vav” is a link. Iyar links together the two months of Nissan and Sivan (by the power of “sefirat haomer,”[the Counting of the Sheaves] which begins in Nissan, continues throughout Iyar, and concludes in Sivan), the month of redemption and the month of the giving of the Torah [the Commandments]. Only these three months are referred to in the Torah as the first, the second, and the third month of “the Exodus of Israel from Egypt.”

Mazal: “Shor” (Taurus-ox).

The “shor” (the left face of the Divine Chariot) represents the spiritual origin of the “animal soul” of man. The month of Iyar is the month that man rectifies his animal soul, refines his innate character traits (each day of “sefirat haomer“), as he prepares to receive the Torah in Sivan. In Hebrew, the root “shor” also means to look or observe. Iyar is the month of introspection for the sake of self improvement.

Tribe: Isaachar.

Isaachar is the scholarly tribe of Israel. The Sanhedren was mostly composed from the tribe of Isaachar. In particular, Isaachar was the master of the “secret” of the Jewish calender, as is said of him: “knowers of understanding the times.” His basic nature is contemplative and he serves as the “advisor” to his brethren, the tribes of Israel (in particular to the king, Judah).

Sense: Thought.

Thought here implies contemplation and introspection. It also signifies the power of calculation (as in the calculation of the calender). This is the month of counting (“sefirat haomer“). The root “to think” in Hebrew “chashav” means “numerical calculation,” “cheshbon.”

Controller: Right kidney.

Our sages say “the kidneys give advice.” In particular, the right kidney relates to spiritual advice or introspection. The kidneys act similarly to the “conscience,” as is said “by night my kidneys chastise me.” This refers to the “chesbon nefesh” (introspection) of the month of Iyar.

In History

Historically this month has been the turning point of many notable historical events. It was in the month of Iyar that the flood began and that the waters receded and the earth was dry as seen in Genesis 7:11 and Genesis 8:14. The Lord instructed Moses to count the children of Israel on the first of Iyar as seen in Numbers 1:1. King Solomon began the construction of the first temple during this month and years later those who had come out of Babylonian captivity started the rebuilding process during this second month. In more recent years the State of Israel was established on the 5th of Iyar in 1948, when its Declaration of Independence was signed by its founders. On this day the land promised by God to the Jewish people was restored to Jewish sovereignty for the first time in nearly two thousand years. Nineteen years later on the 28th of Iyar ancient Jerusalem was liberated in the Six Day war of 1967 and also restored to Jewish sovereignty. Historically this month has been filled with momentous occasions and I am expecting nothing less this year.    

The Month of Healing

In the book of Hitgalut (Revelation) we see a picture of the Heavenly Temple and read of the healing river that flows from the throne room carrying the leaves sent to heal the nations. Wholeness biblically relates not only to our spirit but our body, soul and spirit. God is ready to heal your body, which is His temple, and He is sealing up the past so that you can be established as His dwelling place so that your future is fully secured.

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