This is literally the last rose of summer in my garden here in north Texas today. It's a Blue Girl, and the scent is divine. Honestly, I keep holding the vase up to my nose to enjoy every last whiff of it.
My Blue Girl rose is a lovely representation of the gifts of study and understanding I'm gaining about Rosh Chodesh now, with only 4 hours left of Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5776.
Besides being a woman's holiday and a day of historic importance each month long ago, when the new moon sighting established the first day of the new month on the Hebrew calendar, Rosh Chodesh is a wonderful opportunity for the Jewish people to reclaim the responsibility of sanctifying time.
Naturally, we usually think of Shabbos as a holy place in time. And it is, but so is Rosh Chodesh, as the head of each month. If the new moon is not recognized by the Children of Israel, the whole month and its Holy Days are not established spiritually.
BeingJewish.com puts it this way, "The holiness of the Holidays comes through us. Hashem makes us holy, and we bring holiness to the world, but the holiness of the Sabbath comes directly from Hashem, not through us."
I am contemplating my relationship to Hashem, the Holy Days and Shabbos today, with a few hours left of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, before Shabbos begins.
And I'm looking forward to the next lesson in the EmunaHealing course I'm taking with Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum on Sunday 11/15/15. What a privilege to study healing from a Torah perspective, with other women all over the world!
Finally, I'm contemplating the appearance of mustard and kale greens my husband planted 3 full months ago, after weeks of flooding, followed by weeks of drought.
Here's our Rosh Chodesh/Shabbos green harvest today, in this significant miracle month of Kislev when Chanukah occurs. Shabbat Shalom!