Cheshvan: Resources For the Hebrew Month of Cheshvan

The Month of Cheshvan According to the Book of Formation (Sefer Yetzirah)

Articles for Jewish Mother’s Day – 11th of Cheshvan

Why Jewish Mother’s Day?

The figure of our matriarch Rachel is the one most associated in Kabbalah with the building of Jewish nature, the inbred character of an individual who walks willingly and naturally in the path of God. Jewish nature and character—best exemplified by our patriarchs and matriarchs—calls upon an individual to perform God’s will out of his or her own accord, a state described by the sages as “acting without dictation [from Above].” Just as our matriarch Eve, “the mother of all life,” is the mother of human nature, so our matriarch Rachel is the mother of our unique Jewish nature.

The Figure of Rachel our Matriarch

Rachel is the spiritual matriarch of the Jewish People who are scattered throughout the world. Rachel personifies the cry for the spiritual and physical return of all Jews. Rachel is she who refuses to be comforted until the ingathering of her children is realized (see Jeremiah 31:14). Following is a deeper understanding of the symbolism connected with Rachel Imenu, Rachel our matriarch.

Mother Rachel Cries for Her Children

Although Rachel is the mother of only two of the twelve tribes of Israel—Joseph and Benjamin,  Rachel is considered the mother of the entire Jewish people. While Rachel cries for all her children, there is one specific child who she prays for the most. He is the son who is considered absent, or the most distanced from the fold of the Jewish people.

When will my deeds equal those of my forefathers?

In the Torah portions read during the month of Cheshvan, the three Patriarchs of the Jewish nation, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appear for the first time. In accordance with the well-known principle that one should live with the times (referring to the weekly Torah portion), the month of Cheshvan is the proper time for strengthening our identification with our Forefathers with the purpose of strengthening our service of G-d.

The Reconstructing Rachel: Returning to Jewish Nature Series

Part 1: Return to National Jewish Nature

Part 2: Applying the Meanings of Hod on a National Level

Part 3: Reconstructing Rachel in our Service of God

Part 4: A Deeper Understanding: Relating the Types to the Sefirot

Part 5: Understanding the Axis of Self-Consciousness

Part 6: Malchut: Rectified Jewish Nature

Transcripts:

Noah, Shattering, and Rectification

Melaveh Malkah Shabbat Lech Lecha 5769

Notable Dates in Cheshvan 

3 Cheshvan – Rebbe Yisrael of Ruzhin (Yahrzeit 5611)

5 Cheshvan – Rebbe Klonimus Kalman Shapira of Piasetzna (Yahrzeit 5704)

11 Cheshvan – Rachel, our matriarch (Yahrzeit)

11 Cheshvan – Rebbe Menachem Nochum of Chernobyl (Yarhzeit 5558)

12 Cheshvan – Rebbe Ze’ev Volf Kitzes, student of the Ba’al Shem Tov (Yahrzeit 5549)

13 Cheshvan – Rebbe Baruch of Kosov (Yahrzeit 5542)

17 Cheshvan – Rebbe Menachem Mendel (Hager) of Kosov (Yahrzeit 5586)

20 Cheshvan – Rebbe Shalom Dov Ber, 5th Rebbe of Lubavitch (Birthday 5621)

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