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The Jewish Month of Tevet

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Last Updated on December 11, 2018

The Hebrew Month of Tevet aligns with Capricorn.

Hebrew: טבת

By Rav Nissim Mordechai Makor

jewish month of tevetLet us investigate the The Jewish Month of Tevet; Tevet is the fourth month of the civil year and the tenth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It follows Kislev and precedes Shevat. It is a winter month of 29 days. Tevet usually occurs in December–January on the Gregorian calendar.

The Jewish Month of Tevet aligns with the astrological sign of Capricorn.

The Jewish month of Tevet is considered one of the three negative months with Tammuz and Av. We have a fast day on the tenth of Tevet.

The month of Tevet and next month Shevat/Aquarius are connected. They are both controlled by the planet Saturn, yet they are completely opposite. The name in Hebrew for Saturn is Shabbtai which has the letters of Shabbat in it. Saturn is connected to the Jewish people. Saturn can be either cold or hot. Tevet/Capricorn is an earth sign while Shevat/Aquarius is an air sign. Totally opposites.
The month of Tevet is a very heavy month. People born in this month are connected to the earth/physicality. They have a big desire for money and often make good business people. They have the power of manifestation.

The tikkun of Tevet is to trust Hashem. Because they are so connected to the earth, they have a difficult time with emunah because they count on nature/earth and their abilities. They have to break their chains, go against their nature and trust Hashem 100 per cent. If they put their trust in Hashem and become spiritual, they will gain mastery over the physical.

Also, people born in this month struggle to be happy. They worry about things and never have peace of mind. When they let go, they can reach great heights.

The book of Exodus starts in this month, and there is a period of six weeks which connect to the first six portions of the book of Exodus. This period is called “Shovavim”. It is a time to restore and refresh our value system and our priorities.

The thing to realize is that the spiritual is more important than the physical. Think how you can change your consciousness and manifest the blessings.

The two letters that control this month are: Ayin and Bet עב

These letters have a numerology of 72.

72 connects to the second highest Sefirah, Chochma. In this level there is only good, evil does not exist. This is the power of this month, to connect to this high level. Happiness connects us directly to Chochma.

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The first line of the Ana Bekoach is connected to this month. The acronym for this first line has a numerology of 506 which is the same numerology as, Love for no reason, Ahavat Chinam. This line is a direct connection to the spiritual world and the antidote to Sinat Chinam, hatred for no reason which is what destroyed the second Temple.

Things are hidden in this month. The pull of physicality is so heavy, it covers the potential in this month. Through the letters of the month and the first line of the Ana Becoach, we are able to overcome the heaviness of this month and connect to the potential of this month, to Chochma.

It is a good month to make big transformations in ones life.

The last two days of Hanukkah are part of this month. The last day, Zot Hanukkah, is one of the most powerful days of the year.

The Admor from Ruzhhin teaches, that what a simple man can accomplish on the 8th day of Hanukkah, even great Tzadikkim cannot accomplish with their Tefilah during Neilah of Yom Kippur.

What is so special about the 8th day of Hanukkah? On Rosh Hashanah we are judged, on Yom Kippur the judgement is sealed and on Shemini Atzeret it is delivered. We still have one chance to change things until the 8th day on Hanukkah., after which everything is completed and the decrees start to get carried out.

Therefore it is a very special day to beg Hashem for mercy for all that we need, and that we should have only good decrees upon us.

The number eight always connects to the upper worlds, to the Sefirah of Binah. Seven is Shabbat which is Malchut, which is the physical world. The Brit is on the eighth day.
It is simple to connect. Just sit in front of the candles.

Remember that we all have these tests this month not only the people born in this month.

Have a great month. Chodesh Tov.


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