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Rabbinically Speaking

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The Jewish month of liberation

By RABBI YOSSI EBER Chabad of West Pasco

The Jewish tradition has its own calendar made up of 12 months that follow the lunar calendar. Every month has not only a unique name with a unique message attached to it but also a special energy that if we plug into it can provide us with the ability to achieve something special during the 30 days of the month.

The Jewish month of Nissan, which falls out in the early spring around March and April, is a “space” in time, within which we enter as the month begins. There we will find access to a unique energy that allows for development and growth in the sphere of freedom. Freedom from both perceived or actual inhibitions, those that exist from within or without.

Inhibitions which hold us back from personal growth, happiness and being the holiest Jew we can be, especially with the incessant news cycle and addiction to social media that overwhelm us. The month of Nissan provides us with a spiritual-energy boost to overcome them, to grow and climb higher and higher. As in the days of the Exodus when G-d redeemed the Jewish People with an “outstretched arm,” we have the ability to relive that by seeing ourselves as if G-d is personally taking us out of our personal enslavement and Egypt.

By connecting to G-d, the creator and sustainer of all, the provider of our life and spirit within our hearts, we are able to experience true freedom. The liberation of being whole, by being one with our very essence, our creator and life itself.

The first half of the month is a preparation for its climax on Passover, the 15th day of the month. At the seder when we gather with family, friends and strangers we reenact and simultaneously relive the freedom of our ancestors and as well as our own.

As Jews we are all connected and are each considered a part of the whole body. Just as the health of one limb effects the rest of the body, so to if even one Jew is not celebrating the freedom we are incomplete. Therefore we have a responsibility to look out for each other, and that is one of the ways how we achieve our personal redemption.

Have a Happy and Liberating Passover.

The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. The views expressed in this guest column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Jewish Press or the Board of Rabbis.

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