19th – 25th April 2009
25th Nissan – 1st Iyar, 5769
Friday night-Saturday 17-18 April / 24 Nissan:
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:
Wednesday 22 April / 28 Nissan:
Thursday 23 April / 29 Nissan
Thursday night-Friday 23-24 April /30 Nissan
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:
After the afternoon service we read the second chapter of Pirkey Avot.