From the blog of Eliezer Shemtov at The Times of Israel. The latest Tweets from eliezer shemtov (@eligermonturu): “Interesting read. Is Man’s Search For Meaning Really Worth It? via. Rabbi Eliezer Shemtov is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He received his Rabbinic ordination in In He set out to establish the Chabad Center in.

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The sjemtov year that will begin tonight, shemtof, is a leap year. It will have days instead of the average days that a shektov year generally has. Our calendar has this occurrence every two-three years; seven times in every nineteen-year cycle, to be exact.

The reason for this is because our dates are set according to the lunar cycle Exodus, By Biblical mandate, Passover must always coincide with Spring Deuteronomy, If not for the leap years with an extra month, our dates would slip back every year and we would find ourselves with Passover in any and all different seasons.

Every Biblical command contains lessons for us beyond the specific situation where and when the command is to be executed. What can we learn from the command to balance out the lunar and solar cycles? Both the sun and the moon were created with the purpose to illuminate the world with their light.


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The sun does so in a constant non-changing manner, whereas the moon does so in an ever-changing rhythm. Every day of the month, the moon appears to us differently. Consistence and change are both present and necessary in our lives as Jews.

We have things that we do on a constant basis, and we have those things that we do from time to time. The constant ones are deeply embedded; they create no excitement, though. eliezef

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The novel ones that come and go generate much excitement. The leap year teaches shetmov that it is not enough to have both elements in our lives, we need to blend the qualities of the two, thereby enhancing them both.

How do we introduce the lunar excitement into the solar constance and predictability? One way is by making it personal.

A Jewish adult male has the obligation to wrap Tefillin on his head and arm every weekday. Although deeply ingrained, it can become very routine and uninspiring. The main objective for putting on Tefillin is in order to make us aware of the contents of the Tefillin, namely the biblical passages of Shema Israel that proclaim the fact that G-d rules the world and that we are His subjects.


Getting Personal with your Leap Year

Now, there you have a refreshing approach! No two days will be the same!

Every morning you will have a new, personal experience! Received Smicha From Tomchei Temimim in and was sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zi”a, together with his wife Rachel to establish the first Beit Chabad in Montevideo, Uruguay and direct Chabad activities in that country. Has authored many articles on Judaism e,iezer have been published internationally. The suffering of the ethical atheist.