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Tu B'Av and the Blue Moon
Have you ever experienced a day where your mood goes up and down, and up and down; one minute happy, the next minute in the depths of despair? Sometimes, you might feel like you're going to be totally successful and by evening you might feel like the biggest failure in the world. I had a day like that yesterday. I'm striving to accomplish something really big and I'm not always so patient with the results - working on that. It's kind of like the moon. One night bright and full, and not long after, empty and dark. And then, before you know it - full and bright again!
Tu B'Av Is a Day of Love & Rebirth
Today is the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Av (the 15th of the Hebrew month of Av), a day that celebrates love and rebirth. A little over a week ago, we observed the sadness of the loss of both of our holy Temples, the dwelling place of G-d in this world. And now, such a short time later, we celebrate joyfully. It seems kind of odd.
The Purpose of Every Descent Is for a Greater Ascent
The holy book of Zohar explains that the people of Israel mark time with the moon because we are the moon of the world; like the moon, we grow and diminish and grow again. We rise and fall and rise again. Our sages tell us that every descent is for the purpose of an even greater ascent. This radical transformation from sadness to gladness intensifies the joy and adds a greater quality to it that could not be appreciated otherwise.
So, here we are in a month that has not just one, but two full moons in it, the second full moon is known as a blue moon. In the saddest month of the Jewish year, the month during which our Holy Temples were destroyed, we have not one but two full moons shining in the sky, lighting up the darkness. I think this might be a special sign from G-d to remind us that from the lowest descent to the greatest ascent, we shine our greatest light.
Isn't that a comforting thought? And right on time, too, because this Shabbat is the first of seven Sabbaths of consolation. The spiritual energy of the next seven weeks is being surrounded by G-d's comforting love.
So, Rae, no matter what's going on in your life, whatever your struggles might be, just snuggle up in G-d's wonderful loving, comforting energy!
What do you think is the significance of the blue moon?
How do you handle your ups & downs?
How Can You Shine Your Greatest Light?
Do you have any tips for me?
I'd love to hear from you!
Please share your thoughts and comments below!
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