The Hebrew month of Av
Today as the stars fall, we will receive the new Hebrew Month of "Av" which is the fifth month of the year counting from the month of Nisan.
The Torah refers to this month in this way: ' ' And Aharon HaKohén ascended to Mount Hor by HaShem's command, and died there in the year 40, after the children of Israel left from Egypt, in the fifth month, on the first day of the month '' (Bamidvar-Numbers 33:38)
The name Av is of Babylonian origin. This is also called "Menachem Av" (Consuelo de Av) in allusion to the consolation that we have been waiting for and awaiting since the tragedies that befell us in this month, then in the future the Holy Blessed Be! will turn this day into one of rejoicing and celebration! (Lamentations 1:15)
The Rosh Chodesh Av, is observed as Taanit Tzadikim "A fast in memory of the Righteous" because on this date Aharon HaKohén (Aharon brother of Moses) died. Chodesh should not fast, some observe this custom in commemoration of the death of Aharon HaKohén.
As we know, because of the misfortunes that happened this month, we limit our rejoicing more to the point of avoiding any situation that may lead us to rejoice until the 9th of Av, "Tisha v'Av" the day of the destruction of our Holy Great Temple, a day of fasting.
(Excerpts from Sefer Hatodá)
We wish you a Chodesh Tov and may we see the Reconstruction of the Great Temple of Yerushalayim very soon and in our day!
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