I am a bit late but I still want to inform you that the Jewish world entered the months of TAMMUZ last Thursday. 🙂 As soon as we enter Tammuz and the following month of AV, I am always looking forward to the month of ELUL (following AV). Especially AV seems like a very depressing month and I cannot wait until it is over.
As I have mentioned countless times before, the beginning of a new Jewish month also stands for a new beginning in life. Or at least could stand for it when people are ready to change.
The month of Tammuz doesn’t at all include the most positive events in Jewish history but Chassidut Chabad has changed this fact a bit. According to Chabad, in Tammuz, Meshiach is preparing his arrival. Furthermore, in Tammuz, Chabad is celebrating the release from jail of the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. The Rebbe was released from Russian jail in Tammuz 1927. Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak was the father – in – law of the seventh and last Lubavitcher Rebben, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who passed away in June 1994 (on 3rd (Gimmel) Tammuz) in New York.
– The first Tammuz tragedy in the history of the Jewish people happened on 17 Tammuz. The day when Moshe came down from Mount Sinai, saw the Israelites dancing around the famous Golden Calf (Egel) and thus smashed the tablets (Luchot) due to anger.
– Many years later, on 17 Tammuz the Babylonian destroyed the outer wall of the First Temple. A few weeks later, on 9 Av, the Temple was totally destroyed.
The kabbalistic book Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation) explains that every Jewish month not only has its name but also its letter, its tribe, its humans sense, its horoscope and its body part. The letter of the month of Tammuz is the Chet ח , the horoscope is cancer, the body part is the right hand, the tribe is Reuven and the human sense is seeing (eyes).
Already Adam and Eve (Chava and Adam) in Paradise used their eyes for negative purposes. They looked at the apple and ate it; meaning their eyes desired the fruit. The chassidic commentator Shem MiShmuel is comparing the sin of Adam and Chava to the sin of the Meraglim (Spies). The first humans as well as the Spies used their eye – sight in a negative way. As a result the month of Tammuz is asking us to fix the human sense of seeing and turn it into something positive.
Chodesh Tov – A great and healthy month of Tammuz to all readers !!!