Month of Kislev

Month of Kislev,

Tribe — Benjamin

It is the best tribe in archery, as already mentioned.

According to Moses’ blessing to this tribe in the conclusion of the Torah, it comes immediately after that of the tribes of Cohen and Levi according to their relationship as described above and which is a prophecy of the war of the Maccabees against the Greeks:

“For Benjamin said, the beloved of God, He will dwell safely over him, He will hover over him all day long and rest between his shoulders.”

(Deuteronomy 33:12).

Here it is clear that Benjamin represents security and rest, which is what the Hebrew word Kislev means.

Benjamin was the only member of the tribe of Israel who was born in the land of Israel, which is the place where we can most clearly perceive God’s unwavering omnipresence and divine providence. “There is no place free from Him,” says the Zohar.

Meaning — Sleep (shekinah).

Sleep is defined as the peace and rest that come from having faith in God and His omnipotence, which is why the blessing at the end of the book of Leviticus (26:5-6) reads:

“And you shall dwell securely in your land. And I will give peace in the land and you may lie down without fear…”.

The sense of sleep implies the capacity for deep, but quick sleep because the word “sense” (chush) is related to the word “quick” (chish) (as it is said of the great Tzaddikim who needed very few hours of sleep a day).

Absolute inner calmness of spirit is necessary for Benjamin to use his true talent, which is to shoot directly at his target. God takes his arrow to his target, allowing him to shoot and hit almost in his sleep.

A calm person experiences very little inner conflict or tension. This meaning suggests the ability to relieve tension while relying on God’s provision.

The meaning of dreaming is also related to the meaning of sleep

All Torah dreams are contained in the portions read during the month of Kislev, your belief in Divine providence, which is especially evident in connection with the connection between the weekly Torah portions and the annual cycle of the months and their events.

One dreams happily of the future when he has full faith in God. Good thoughts during the day, especially the positive outlook and awareness taught by Hasidism, whose new year is the 19th of Kislev, are reflected in good dreams at night.

Dominant limb: abdomen (kevah)

When slaughtering a kosher animal, we priests are obligated to make three offerings, one of which is the Kevah.

According to our sages, these three sacrifices – “the arm, the cheeks and the belly” – are a reference to the selfless action of Pinchas in killing Zimri, the prince of Shimon and Kozbi, the princess of Midian, thanks to which he delivered the children of Israel from the plague that had afflicted them.

The term “keiva” there alludes to Kozbi’s womb.

Thus, we can see that the word kevah, which is defined as “abdomen in a broad sense, including the whole region of the abdomen, as well as the stomach, the large intestine or the uterus” (also in the Torah it means stomach or womb).

This last is associated with the Benjamini tribe, which in Kabbalah represents the secret of the female iessod. Here, the connection between the calm state of sleep (which is explicit in the teachings of our sages) and the abdomen is evident when it is “full” and satiated.

The word keva derives from kav

From the word kav comes the word kevah. Which is a measure. According to legend, Rabbi Chanina Bn Dosa, a great Tannaitic sage, said:

Although for Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa one measure (kav) of carob is sufficient from Friday to Friday, the world stands on its merit.

A relaxed stomach is aware of its size. This idea will arise once again in connection with the month of Shévat, its sense of taste and its controller (the stomach or kurkavan, from the esophagus to the stomach).

The rectified kevah (and the sense of sleep) consists of not being envious of others when it comes to correcting our character flaws.

“A man prefers a measure [kav] of his own to nine of his friend,” according to our sages. Therefore, Pirke Avot teaches us that “one who is rich, is content with his portion.”

With information from Gal Einai Institute

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