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Why does the Torah call the months: “First Month,” “Second Month” etc.?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus


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One of the reasons is that by using the generic “first,” “second” etc, the Torah emphasizes the progressive nature of the months—that each month is a continuation of its predecessor and a prelude to its successor. Although each month possesses its own unique energy—each of the months corresponds to another one of the twelve tribes and to a specific formulation of the Name of G-d*—the Torah wants us to see them as a continuum of spiritual development. Thus, for example, the month Iyar, know as the month of Divine healing—the word Iyar is an acronym for “Ani Hashem Rof’echa, I am the L-rd your healer”—follows the month of Nissan, which is known as the month of Divine miracles (the word Nissan contains the word ness, “miracle”).

Source: Likutei Sichot, vol. 32, p. 73-4.

*Tur, Orach Chaim, 417 end; Pardes 13:3.

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"The Name." Out of respect, we do not explicitly mention G-d's name, unless in the course of prayer. Instead, "Hashem" is substituted.
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