Rosh Chodesh – ladies night out
Rosh Chodesh is the name for the first day of every month in the Hebrew calendar, marked by the birth of a new moon.
Fresh out of a few hundred years of crushing slavery, the first commandment the nation of Israel was given as a people is the mitzvah of celebrating Rosh Chodesh, the New Month.
As a free people for the first time in ages, there was at last, a good reason for us to be aware of the time – to be in tune with life cycles – to hone into our relationship with the Source who lifted us out from constriction and delivered us to expanded awareness. The moon represents the nation of Israel whose job it is to reflect the Creators’ light into the world. Having just left slavery, we are free at last to serve the Creator – free to fulfill our purpose in creation – free to manifest the purpose of creation. It was finally “our time”, not the time of our task masters.
A new moon – a new energy – a new opportunity to re establish our relationship with the Source of all – and to draw in new mazel (drip from above).
It is wise to seize the opportunity to draw in the new energy and blessings which originate from this magical day of the month – a day which has its own set of laws and traditions sprinkled throughout.
One thing about Rosh Chodesh is that it’s all about the WOMEN – Feminine spiritual witchcraft is brewing at this time, so get wise or watch out.
According to kabbalistic teachings, women share a special relationship with the moon, and as such they have special reason to celebrate Rosh Chodesh, the new moon.
Some women abstain from work on Rosh Chodesh, absorbing the energy of the day as their exclusive holiday. Whichever way a woman chooses to connect to the incredible power of Rosh Chodesh – there’s a whole lot to connect with – and she should feel supported and be encouraged to separate from all the minutiae of life and bask in its restorative glow.
The special connection between women and Rosh Chodesh goes back to the episode of the golden calf, when the women declined to participate in the collection efforts by refusing to surrender their jewelry for use in making the idol. As a reward, they were given Rosh Chodesh as a day which they can draw special blessing from.
The Lubavitch Rebbe elaborates on this a bit and explains that the women’s non participation stemmed from their greater faith. Though they had just spent more than two centuries in idolatry steeped Egypt, a fact that explains why the men caved so quickly at a hint of trouble – the women’s faith remained unshakable, and they considered the idea of making an idol totally unthinkable.
The Rebbe further explains that Judaism is based on this strong faith, which at times can become “fuzzy “– it’s the women who remain steadfast in the faith and pass it on to their children – the future generations.
This explains their special connection to Rosh Chodesh. Rosh Chodesh celebrates the monthly renewal of the moon – after it wanes to the point of disappearance. Rosh Chodesh celebrates the concept of perpetuity through life’s peaks and valleys – and it’s the woman who, through her steadfast faith, ensures our nations survival – it is she who ensures that no matter how much we wean we will always be renewed.
When things seemed dark and hopeless, the women knew that light was just around the corner.
Like the moon becoming bigger and brighter only after it vanishes completely into darkness, the women knew that brighter times were on the way. They were willing to believe in the power of renewal and trust the Source no matter how difficult things seemed.
Rosh Chodesh teaches us that everything can and does change. It’s when a situation hits its bleakest point that the light appears again.