1 Nissan: Rosh Chodesh

The month of Nissan has a miraculous nature. It is an auspicious time for spiritual accomplishments. What seemed to be a miracle yesterday - can become reality today.

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Every day of the month Nissan is like Rosh Chodesh. Tachanun is omitted daily, throughout the month.

Here’s the Rebbe’s explanation:

– The idea of Rosh Chodesh is renewal and addition to the regular order of conduct.

As we know the weekly cycle is associated with the sun:

“… and it was evening, and it was morning” (Bereshit, 1:5).

The sun shines daily without change. This symbolises a regular way of living and serving HaShem – “tmidim k’sidram” (constantly, according to one’s custom and order).

In contrast, the moon goes through phases. On Rosh Chodesh, there begins a constant process of growth until on the fifteenth, the moon shines in its fullness. This symbolises a miraculous order of conduct – “musafim ke-hilchatam” (adding up to one’s regular activities, reaching out to a loftier spiritual level). Thus Rosh Chodesh reflects an addition above the normal order of Divine influence.

This miraculous order of conduct can influence our daily lives – up to the point when the natural and the supernatural fuse together, becoming a new permanent dimension of our lives.

Based on the Rebbe’s talk on Shabbat Parshat Vayikra, Rosh Chodesh Nissan, 5751 (1991).

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