Rosh Chodesh Shevat on Sun, Feb 7

Join us for Congregation P’nai Tikvah Women’s Rosh Chodesh Shevat on Sunday, February 7 from 7 to 9pm.

Here are some insights from Ritualwell:

The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration.

In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual, and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages. Rosh Chodesh groups, meeting monthly, offer a women’s space in time. (Some men’s gatherings have begun as well, sometimes associated with kiddush levanah, celebrating the coming full moon.)

Fast Facts

Adar I is the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar.

Seven of the nineteen years in the cycle of the Jewish calendar are leap years. When we add an extra month, Adar I, the regular Adar becomes Adar II. During leap years we celebrate Purim in Adar II.

Adar I comes at the same time as the secular months February/March. We can think of Adar I as a hidden month, revealed only when we need it, to set the calendar straight! Similarly, in the natural world, many things hidden are coming to light. Hints of spring, until now hidden beneath the snow, begin to show themselves. We wonder when the first flowers will come out of their hiding place.

The mazal (constellation) for Adar I is Pisces, dagim (fish). Living in the vast, deep ocean, fish are the creatures of a “hidden world.” During Purim, which doesn’t come until Adar II, Queen Esther saved the day by revealing her Jewish identity to the king. We imagine that during Adar I Esther’s true identity was still hidden like a fish under water.

Both Adar I and II are considered the happiest, most joyous months of the Hebrew calendar. Adar’s motto is “Mishenihnas adar marbim besimha” or “When Adar arrives, joy increases.” Tradition teaches that Adar is so full of joy that it is as if Adar were pregnant with happiness. Some years we need two Adars to contain all the joy of Adar!

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