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Why does the Torah call the months: “First Month,” “Second Month” etc.?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus

One of the reasons is that by using the generic “first,” “second” etc, the Torah emphasizes the progressive nature of the months—that each month is a continuation of its predecessor and a prelude to its successor. Although each month possesses its own unique energy—each of the months corresponds to another one of the twelve tribes and to a specific formulation of the Name of G-d*—the Torah wants us to see them as a continuum of spiritual development. Thus, for example, the month Iyar, know as the month of Divine healing—the word Iyar is an acronym for “Ani Hashem Rof’echa, I am the L-rd your healer”—follows the month of Nissan, which is known as the month of Divine miracles (the word Nissan contains the word ness, “miracle”).

Source: Likutei Sichot, vol. 32, p. 73-4.

*Tur, Orach Chaim, 417 end; Pardes 13:3.

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