Shalom My Friends – Rosh Chodesh IYAR, 5777 – April 27, 2017
IYAR – Counting & Connection
2nd month of the Spiritual Year the Month of IYAR
IYAR the month of Counting & Connection, however IYAR is also the month of Healing.
IYAR is an acronym for “I am Hashem, your Healer.”
Shemos/Exodus 15:26 “If you diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD your God and will do that which is right in His sight and will give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I shall put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians, for I AM the LORD Who heals you.” (everyone needs to memorize this verse)
Last month “Nissan” was a month of “Miracles”, this month of IYAR also carries with it the miraculous. So expect miraculous healing to occur, if we keep close, observe and obey His commandments.
As with the miraculous, Manna from heaven (spiritual food) began to fall in this month of IYAR.
How are you being fed? Is your Spiritual House in order?
In counting this month of IYAR we have the entire month to Count the Omer. We began counting in Nissan – continue in IYAR and complete in Sivan. This shows Counting and Connection as Iyar is the Connector between Nissan and Sivan.
Therefore this month of Healing is Connected to the miracles of Nissan.
How are you connected and to whom are you connected?
Our healing whether natural/physical or spiritual/soul is connected to the Miracle of our Healer, “I AM the LORD who heals you.”
When counting the Omer we spend more time in the mitzvah/command preparing for the event Shavuot/Pentecost than the Feast itself. This tells us counting/preparation for the event is actually the life changing event itself, for when the Feast arrives we are prepared to receive fully what God has for us.
In counting, we prepare to connect to the Feast, Shavuot/Pentecost.
The Hebrew letter “VAV” represents a hook. It is called the letter of TRUTH because it stands perfectly straight, it is unbent and unadorned. Literally the word “VAV” means a ‘connected hook’ and in fact, the connective letter ‘VAV’ joins words when it is used as the conjunction ‘and.’ This function is appropriate for the letter of “Truth”, because “Truth” leads to harmony and unity. (The Beauty of the Hebrew Language, Nathalie Blackham)
VAV the letter of TRUTH.
Looking back to Nissan, the Beginning of the Months of the Year we can begin to see a story unfold.
Nissan – Miracles, the beginning of the Spiritual Year.
IYAR – Counting and Connections, Healing in the Miraculous.
As we move through this Spiritual Year let’s keep counting the miracles, connecting, VAVing (if that is a word) in Truth and Life.
Baruch Ahava – Blessings of Love
Mark Byrd – firstname.lastname@example.org