Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayikra (HaChodesh) 5778

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayikra (HaChodesh) 5778

Although we start our calendar year in Tishrei, we count months starting Nissan, which is counted as the first month; Iyar is the second month, and so on. This is because of Yetzi’as Mitzrayim—and the subsequent geeluiy of HaShem and His sovereignty over the world.

ערוך השולחן אורח חיים סימן תכט סעיף א
ומה הוא גדולתו של חדש ניסן מפני שבו היתה יציאת מצרים שבזה נגלה השגחת השי”ת על ברואיו ואותותיו ונפלאותיו ושמשלם רע לרשע כרשעתו ומשלם טוב לאוהביו כמו שהכה לפרעה ולמצרים וגאל את ישראל:

By counting the months from Nissan, we are constantly reminded of the gratitude we must feel–always—over Yetzi’as Mitzrayim and its miracles.

The names we have for the months (instead of numbering them) developed in Bavel, and are Persian names; using those names serves as a reminder of that ge’ulah—i.e, the return to Eretz Yisrael after galus Bavel.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayikra 5777

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayikra 5777

Tefilla Halacha

If one’s mind wandered during the first berachah of shemoneh essreiy:

  • If the shem HaShem at the conclusion of the berachah was not said yet, go back to “elokeiy Avrohom…” and repeat from there.
  • If his mind wandered for just a few words, repeat from the place where his mind began to wander.
  • If he did say the shem haShem at the end of the berachah, repeat the berachah in one’s mind, concentrating on the meaning of the words, and also make sure to concentrate when saying the berachah ofmodim”.