Rabbi Milevsky's Thought of the Week: Tazria - 5774
PARESHAT HACHODESH AND RENEWAL
This Shabbat we will be reading Pareshat Hachodesh. In the short section we read from the book of Shemot, Moshe is shown the new moon and is told to teach the nation about the Mitzvah of proclaiming the new month, and establishing Nissan as the beginning of the months of the year.
In addition, the reading of this portion is to inspire us to renew. Just as nature goes through a rebirth in the spring time, so too we must reignite our commitment to Torah during this period. As we prepare for Pesach we must recognize the great potential of this season by tapping into the spiritual wellspring of our faith and find within ourselves the tools to rejuvenate our commitment to the values of Judaism.
What we must keep in mind is that any Jewish renewal, like the moon, must be coupled with a reflection of a greater light.
May we all merit to maximize this wonderful season and enjoy the Chag.