Adar: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Adar. Rosh Chodesh Meditations for Offerings:  Think about where you were when the last leap year occurred? (If it’s a leap year, if not think back to last year) What foolish things are you holding on to that you can release? What makes…

Hamantaschen: Symbol of Adar

Yes, it’s Adar and I decided to go exactly where  you expected me to this month — Purim and Hamantaschen.  But as opposed to doing a history of the fabled, and delicious, Purim cookie — I’m going to explore some of the mythic and ritual opportunities these humble cookies offer us. If you are unfamiliar…

Dinah: Tribe of Adar I

Adar I (אֲדָר א) is Dinah’s (דִּינָה) month, at least as far as I’m concerned.  Rabbinical tradition equates Naphtali with both Adar I & Adar II in a leap year, but many modern feminists have argued well that the extra month should belong to Jacob’s daughter, the 13th tribe.  Next month, we’ll talk about Naphtali….

Adar / אֲדָר‎

Moon of Revealing (February/March)Be perceptive to the things that may be hidden from plain sight and reveal things in their right time. Basics Linear Month: 6 Torah Month: 12 Season: Spring Holidays:  Purim Offerings1: Hamentaschen, Poppy Seeds, and Myrhh   “As myrrh (mor) is the foremost of spices so Mor-decai was the foremost of the righteous in…

Naphtali: Tribe of Adar II

Naphtali is the second son of Jacob and Bilah, a handmaiden of Rachel. His name, as relayed in Genesis 30:8 means, “ And Rachel said: ‘With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed.’ And she called his name Naphtali.”  When I read this, I immediately went to check and see if this was the…

Adar: Zehirut (זהירות) Illuminated Awareness| Leitzanit

Welcome to Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, where we explore the soul-traits through the wheel of the year and the Kohenet Netivot. In Adar, we turn to the soul-trait of Zehirut (זהירות) Illuminated Awareness and the Leitzanit (Sacred Fool).