Iyyar/ אִייָר‎

Moon of Healing (April/May)
Iyyar is an acronym for “I am YHVH your Healer” (Exodus 15:26).  It is a month to explore healing practices for ourselves, our communities, and our world.

Basics

  • Linear Month: 8
  • Torah Month: 2
  • Season: Spring
  • Holidays: Counting of the Omer, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtzm’aut, Lag B’Omer, Yom Yerushalayim, Pesach Sheni
  • Offerings1:  Barley & Wheat; Challah with Honey, Healing Herbs
  • Element2: Transition Aphar (עָפָר) Earth within Ruach (רוּחַ) Air to Mayim (מַיִם) Water within Eish (אֵשׁ) Fire
  • Spiritual Focus3: “Resources through Community” to “Creativity through Divine Connection”
  • Netivah: Meyaledet מְיַלֶדֶת (Midwife)
  • Constellation: Shor שׁוֹר (Taurus/The Ox)
  • Letter: Vav – ו
  • Tribe: Issachar –  יִשָּׂשׁכָר
  • Sense: Thought
  • Tarot Card4: Hierophant – כּוֹהֵן גָדוֹל
  • Soul Trait5: Savlanut (סבלנות) Patience

Note: Letter, Tribe, and Sense are derived from the Sefer Yetzirah
See NOTES for additional information on sources of these all correspondences.


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Notes

1: Offerings are suggestions developed by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet for use as physical offering practices or in artwork.

2: Elements follow R’Jill Hammer’s elemental system as explained on her website www.telshemesh.org and her book The Jewish Book of Days. See pages 16-19 for explanation of elemental system.

The interpretations of the Sephirot are also from Rabbi Jill’s teachings.  Specifically, they are from her Omer Calendar of Bibilical Women.

3: The spiritual focus is my own concept of sustainable spiritual practice.  It is based on my interpretation of the wheel of the year and the Jewish holidays, as taught by many.  The specific focus is for a season, as based on the element have/need system taught by R’Jill Hammer in the The Jewish Book of Days, as referenced above.  For example Autumn is the time of Air within Earth, we have Earth we need Air and is the spiritual focus of Community (Air) within Resources (Earth) or more simply: communal resources.  

4: While tarot is not intrinsically Jewish, it is a derivative of Kabbalah and a can be a useful tool for self discovery and exploration. Tarot correspondences here follow Kabbalistic tree of life by Issac ben Luria, the Ari, as opposed to some of the more common Christian systems.

5: The soul-traits for each month are based on Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, developed by Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet.