The Original New Moon
by Avraham Arieh Trugman
The new moon of Nisan is a very important day for many reasons. Indeed, Jewish
tradition cites ten. Among them: It was on this day that Israel received their
first mitzvah as a people in preparation for leaving Egypt - the instructions
regarding Nisan being the first of the months of the year, as well as the entire
system of the Jewish calendar with all its secrets regarding how we can become
the masters of time. It was the day we dedicated the Tabernacle in the desert,
the future prototype of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and it was this day, according
to Rabbi Yehoshua in the Talmud, that God actually created the world. All of
these ideas are intrinsically bound together with the common theme of renewal
In Nisan, nature awakens
from its winter hibernation and everything is bursting with new life. So too
in the soul; new life force and potential is now ready to manifest itself. Two
terms - spring cleaning and spring fever - represent the very real manner in
which this energy effects us. We are ready for new directions and new insight,
ready to break free from the restraints of the past and embrace the future with
new optimism and enthusiasm.
This being the first mitzvah
given to the Jewish people signifies the essential power of renewal in our national
life. Has any people had to begin again so many times due to our long and tortured
history? No matter what the circumstances, we have persevered and renewed ourselves
countless times in communities around the globe. This essential power exists
in every Jewish soul and is one of the secrets of our survival. The miraculous
ingathering of the exiles and the rebuilding of our ancient homeland in Israel
today clearly testifies to this truth.
We are not referring to just renewal, but an even more essential power to reveal
new insight and spiritual energy altogether. The verse in Ecclesiastes (1:9
) stating there is "nothing new under the sun," implies that "under"
the sun there is nothing new, but "over" the sun there is always something
new. Every Jewish soul is connected to the place "over the sun" in
the deepest way. It is no wonder that approximately 20% of all Nobel Prize winners
are Jewish, as this figure relates to the essential Jewish power in the soul
to reveal new insight, whether in Torah, literature, medicine, mathematics or
May we be blessed to see
the fulfillment of the phrase: "A new light will shine upon Zion and may
we all merit soon its light." May a new world order and a new relationship
with God never perceived before spread to the four corners of the earth.
Adapted from thetrugmans.com site.
Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman and his wife, Rachel, direct Ohr Chadash (see thetrugmans.com).
He is the author of many books related to Kabbalah topics, some of which are
on sale at kabbalaonline-shop.com.
For a deeper look at Rosh Chodesh, especially when it coincides with Shabbat,
go to Moonlight
Illuminations on our KabbalaOnline.org site.