2) CALENDAR REMINDERS
1 Menachem Av (July 22) -- First day of Rosh Chodesh Menachem
Av. Yahrzeit of Aharon, the first High Priest. The beginning of strict
mourning for the destruction of the two Temples.
4 Menachem Av (July 25) -- Shabbat Devarim, called Shabbat
Chazon, (Vision) after the first word of the Haftorah, which deals
with the destruction of the Temple and the resulting exile. Torah
Reading: Deut. 1:1-3:22; Haftorah Isaiah 1:1-27 (third Haftorah of
5 Menachem Av (July 26) -- The yahrzeit of the ARI HaKadosh,
(Rabbi Yitschak Luria, 1534-1572) among the greatest Kabbalists of
all time, leader of the Kabbalists of Tsfat after the death of Rabbi
Moshe Cordevero.! Beginning of the 30th year in current Ascent building!
9 Menachem Av (July 29-30) - Fast day of the 9th of Av. Eating
and drinking is forbidden from sunset on Wednesday until Thursday
night. Since the fast falls on Thursday, some laws of mourning observed
during "The three weeks" come to an end already that night,
but others such as the hearing of music etc. are permissible only
from noon of the 10th of Av.
11 Menachem Av (July 31- Aug.1) -- Shabbat VaEthChanan, Shabbat
Nachamu: the first of the seven Shabbatot of Consolation after the
destruction, with prophecies of the future when "G-d's glory
will be revealed." Torah Reading: Deut 3:23-7:11; Haftorah Isaiah
15 Menachem Av (Aug. 4-5) A day of great rejoicing, of which
the Sages say: "There were no greater festivals among Jews than
the 15th of Av"; "Matchmaking Day". On this date the
girls would dress in white and dance in the orchards.
18 Menachem Av (Aug. 7-8) -- Shabbat Ekev, Torah Reading:
Deut. 7:12-11:25; Haftorah Isaiah 49:14-51:3
25 Menachem Av (Aug. 14-15) -- Shabbat Re'eh, Shabbat Mevarchim
(blessing the coming month). Torah Reading: Deut.11:26-16:17; Haftorah
30 Menachem Av (Aug. 20) -- First day of Rosh Chodesh Elul
and Beginning of Ascent's 38th year!
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MAY YOU HAVE A HEALTHY AND CONSTRUCTIVE MONTH