1 Shvat (Jan. 3) -- Rosh Chodesh
Shvat (Jan. 6) -- -- Yahrzeit of the 'Baba Sali' (1890-1984)
(Jan. 7-8) -- Shabbat Bo, Torah Reading: Ex. 10:1-13:16; Haftorah: Jeremiah 46:13-28
10 Shvat (Jan. 12) -- Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Yitschak Schneerson (1880-1950),
the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe and the beginning of the reign of Rabbi Menachem Mendel
Schneersohn (1902-1994) as The Rebbe.
Also the yahrzeit of Rabbi
Shalom Sharabi ("Reshash"), the great Yemenite 18th century Kabbalist,
who's "Siddur/prayerbook with Kavannot/mystical intentions" is still
so influential today
13 Shvat (Jan. 14-15) -- Shabbat Beshalach,
Shabbat Shirah -- Torah Reading: Ex. 13:17-17:16; Haftorah: Judges 4:4-5:5:31.
Shvat (Jan. 16-17) -- Tu b'Shvat --The New Year's Day for trees of
Israel -- One of the most important authorities on Jewish Law, the Magen Avraham,
writes in his notes to the Code of Law (131:16): "It is the custom on Tu
b'Shvat to eat many different kinds of fruit."
The Tu b'Shvat Seder
The Kabbalistic celebration of Tu b'Shvat that originated in Zefat,
as recorded in Pri Etz Hadar, a 50 page pamphlet presenting fruits to eat and
passages to read arranged by anonymous student of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria [1534-1572],
the greatest Kabbalist of Tsfat, takes the form of a "seder," similar
to Passover. Certain fruits are eaten in a particular order, accompanied by specific
readings. See the attached link for the first 12 fruits recommended for the Seder,
corresponding to the 12 possible permutations of G-d's four-letter name, along
with related verses and themes to focus on while eating which we have substituted
for the lengthy Zohar passages of the original. Hopefully, you will find this
Seder also to be a liberating, enlightening experience. (For more information
on the Seder please see http://ascentofsafed.com/cgi-bin/ascent.cgi?Name=tubshvat
Shvat (Jan.20) -- The day, 38 years ago, that the founders of Ascent received
by letter the blessing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe for the establishing of Ascent
Shvat Jan.21-22) -- Shabbat Yitro, Torah Reading: Ex. 18:1-20:23; Haftorah:
Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6.
22 Shvat (Jan.24) -- Yahrzeit of Rebbetzin
Chaya Mushka, daughter of Rabbi Yosef Yitschak of Lubavitch, wife of the Lubavitcher
24 Shvat (Jan.26) -- The yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel,
daughter of the second Lubavitcher Rebbe, Dov Ber, matriarch of the entire Jewish
community in Hebron and specifically of the Chabad community.
(Jan. 28-29) -- Shabbat Mishpatim, Blessing of the New Month -- Torah Reading:
Ex. 21:1-24:18. Haftorah: Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26
30 Shvat (Feb.
1) -- First Day of Rosh Chodesh Adar I
3) For Ascent Seminars &
Shabbatons go to http://www.myascent.org/
YOU HAVE A FRUITFUL MONTH OF SHVAT!