19 March 2010

Spring is Here



Nissan: Month of Kings, King of Months

By Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum
Founder and Director, Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin

Spring is in the Air
Nissan, it sounds like the Hebrew word nitzan (bud). The two words are connected, for this month is referred to as "month of the spring" (Deuteronomy/Devarim 16:1) always occurring near April when we enjoy the magnificent beauty of nature budding around us. Hibernating animals awaken, flowers bloom, fruit trees blossom and vegetation emerges everywhere. Snow melts to reveal the new growth of green grass below as the world experiences a bursting forth of life. We, too, tap into the energy of renewal predominant in the air. Take a moment to stop, enjoy, and appreciate the world. Make a blessing on a flowering fruit tree. Listen to the birds chirp. Watch a stream of water flow. Breathe the air. Give thanks for all the beauty that surrounds you.

Be Highly Connected
Kabbalah teaches that Nissan is a time when man is capable of achieving dramatic change by way of miracles. In this month there exists a special ability to engage the assistance of the One Above. It's as if G-d bends down and sweeps you off your feet to take you wherever you need to go. And by connecting with G-d, Kabbalah explains, you too become sanctified. Thus, we have a certain strength during this month to exude an additional degree of holiness. This parallels the renewal taking place in the month of Nissan.
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