Aryeh’s DIARY – 25th Nissan – 1st Iyar, 5769

19th – 25th April 2009
25th Nissan – 1st Iyar, 5769

17-25 April 2009
24 Nissan-1 Iyar 5769

Friday night-Saturday 17-18 April / 24 Nissan:
Shabbat Mevarchin IYAR
Torah reading: Parshas SHEMINI describing the induction of Aaron and his sons into the priesthood and giving the laws of kosher and unkosher species of animals, birds and fish etc. Haftara: Jeremiah 7:21 -8:3, 9:22 -23.
Blessing the month of Iyar: After the Torah reading, we bless the coming month of IYAR. The Molad (junction of the sun and the moon) will be on Friday night April 24 at 8:07 and 2 chalakim.

Pirkey Avot: On each of the six Shabbatot from today until before the festival of Shavuot celebrating the giving of the Torah, it is customary to recite one of the six chapters of the Mishnaic tractate Pirkey Avot containing the ethical wisdom of the sages since Derech Eretz ("the way of the earth", good manners) is the foundation of the Torah. Today we start with Chapter One.

Sunday night-Monday 19-20 April / 26 Nissan:
Yahrzeit of Joshua bin Nun.

Wednesday 22 April / 28 Nissan:
Today is the anniversary of the collapse of the walls of Jericho in the time of Joshua marking the beginning of the conquest of the Land of Israel. It is good to devote special attention to the thrice-daily repeated Aleinu prayer, which was composed by Joshua after that miracle in the form of a backwards acrostic on his name. The recital of Alenu is a segulah (propitious remedy) against all troubles.

Thursday 23 April / 29 Nissan
Although today is the eve of Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) it is not customary to fast or hold the usual Yom Kippur Katan (the "small" day of atonement) since we are still in Nissan, month of redemption, when fasting (except for the Fast of the Firstborn) is not appropriate.

Thursday night-Friday 23-24 April /30 Nissan
First day of Rosh Chodesh Iyar

Yahrzeit of Rabbi Chaim Vital (1543-1620), leading student of R. Yitzchak Luria ("ARI") and chief expositor of his kabbalistic system.

Attributes of the month of Iyar: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: YOD KEH KEH VAV, contained in the initial Hebrew letters of Yithalel Hamithalel Haskeil Veyado’a — "Let him that glories [glory in this, that] he knows and understands [Me]" (Jeremiah 9:23). The month’s corresponding letter is: VAV; Human attribute: THOUGHT; Body Part: RIGHT KIDNEY; Tribe: ISSACHAR; Constellation: SHOR (Taurus, the Ox). This month is particularly conducive to deep contemplation and understanding. It is also conducive to healing since all the sick among the Children of Israel who left Egypt were completely healed in this period in preparation for the Giving of the Torah. Thus the Hebrew name of the month of Iyar is made up of the letters Aleph-Yud-Reish, the initial letters of the Hebrew words Ani YKVK Rophecha, "I HaShem am your Healer" (Exodus 15:26).

Friday night-Saturday 24-25 April / 1 Iyar:
Second day Rosh Chodesh Iyar
Today’s Torah reading is the double parshah of TAZRIA setting forth the laws of "leprous" marks on the skin of the body and the head and METZORA (Leviticus 14:1-15:33) concluding the Biblical laws of Tzora’at ("leprous" marks on the human skin and head, garments and houses) and the purification ritual. Special additional reading for Rosh Chodesh: Numbers 28:9-15; Haftara: Isaiah chapter 56.

After the afternoon service we read the second chapter of Pirkey Avot.
Today is the anniversary of Moses’ count of the Children of Israel in the Wilderness (Numbers 1:1) and the beginning of the building of the First Temple by King Solomon.

All medicines come from the earth. Therefore during the season when the earth gives forth her bounty and puts strength into all the trees and plants, i.e. during the month of Iyar when the fruits ripen, all medicinal plants have greater power, because the earth then puts strength into them. However at other times, even if one were to take exactly the same medicines, they would not have the same power. This is why people take medicines in the month of Iyar – May.

Rabbi Nachman, Likutey Moharan I, 277


SOURCE: - Torah for Our Time

Self-Growth – Keep Smiling – 25th Nissan, 5769



Self-Growth - Keep Smiling

Self-Growth – Keep Smiling – 25th Nissan, 5769

By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz

We imagine the highlights of our life to be public events, a wedding or a child’s wedding, a promotion or a new purchase. But, the real highlights are the breakthroughs we make in connecting with the Source of all Life and including it in our reality.

Have a growth-filled, uplifting day

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Omer Count for Sunday Night, April 19th, 2009 – 26th Nissan, 5769


Omer Count for Sunday Night, April 19th, 2009 – 26th Nissan, 5769

On Sunday Night, count 11 Days in the Omer

Day 11 – Netzach of Gevurah: Endurance in Discipline, click here to read excerpt.

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Daily Reminder – 25th Nissan, 5769


Daily Reminder


Daily Reminder – 25th Nissan, 5769

Parshas Tazria – Tzora’as That Is Skin Deep

“U’Mareh HaNega Amok MeiOr Bisaro” (Tazria 13:3). One of the halachos of Tzora’as is that the Kohen must see if the nega appears deeper than the skin. The Iturei Torah brings from the Baalei HaMussar that tzora’as comes on a person as a result of bad thoughts that a person has. Therefore the Kohein must examine the person and determine if the nega is simply a blemish on the skin or it is “deeper than the skin” and it is a result of something wrong below the surface deep within his heart.

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DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): 25th Nissan, 5769


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DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): 25th Nissan, 5769

By Malka Touger

Positive Commandment 246
Laws of Claims

Exodus 22:8 “In every case of trespass…in which one can say: This is it“‘

Important Message Regarding This Lesson

The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of 3 chapters of Maimonides’ 14-volume code. There are instances when the Mitzvah is repeated a few days consecutively while the exploration of the same Mitzvah continues in the in-depth track.

Ari and Izzy were playing ball on the lawn.

Suddenly, Ari felt his glove beginning to slip of his hand.

He shouted to Izzy to wait a second, but Izzy threw the ball anyway. It landed in the street sewer because Ari wasn’t ready to catch it.

“Hey! I asked you to wait!” Ari yelled. “I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you,” Izzy answered. “Yes you did. I could tell! Now you’ve got to buy me a new ball!” Ari demanded. “No I don’t” Izzy protested.

In cases like these, where an argument arises and people disagree about who bears responsibility for a loss or damage, the Torah teaches us how to come to a fair decision.

From: my free Daily Mitzvah (Maimonides) Email Newsletter:

Teachings of the Sages – 25th Nissan, 5769


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Teachings of the Sages – 25th Nissan, 5769

R’ Pinchas of Koretz used to thank G-d that he had not been created before the publication of the Zohar [Book of Splendor]. He said that the Zohar had preserved him for Judaism*.

*The influence of the Zohar, in The Jewish Religion: A Companion, by Louis Jacobs (B)

By Rebbe Pinchas of KoretzON HOLY BOOKS

From: Two Tzaddiks