Tishrei / תִּשְׁרִי

Moon of Gathering (September/October)
It is the month where we gather our families, tribe, ancestors, and final harvest before winter.

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Basics

  • Linear Month: 1
  • Torah Month: 7
  • Season: Autumn
  • Holidays:  Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah
  • Offerings1:: Sweet Foods, Lulav & Etrog, Water
  • Element2: Air (רוּחַ) within Earth (עָפָר)
  • Spiritual Focus3: Community through Resources
  • Netivah: Gevirah (גְבִירָה) Matriarch/Queen
  • Astrological Sign: Moznayim (מֹאזְנַיִם) Libra
  • Letter: Lamed – ל
  • Tribe: Ephraim (אֶפְרָיִם)
  • Sense: Touch
  • Tarot Card4: Justice | Tzedek (צֶדֶק)
  • Soul Trait5: Achrayut (אחריות) Spiritual Responsibility

Note: Letter, Tribe, and Sense are derived from the Sefer Yetzirah
See NOTES for additional information on sources of these all correspondences

“The great shofar is sounded… A still small voice is heard…
Even the angels are frightened… the Day of Judgment is here…
Who shall live? And who shall die?
Who shall find rest? And who shall be restless?
Who shall be raised up? And who shall be humbled?
Who shall be rich? And who shall be poor?
On Rosh Hashanah it is written … and on Yom Kippur it is sealed.”

— from Rosh Hashanah liturgy

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Notes

1: Offerings & symbols were developed by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet for use as physical offering practices or in artwork.

2: Elements follow R’Jill Hammer’s elemental system as explained on her website www.telshemesh.org and her book The Jewish Book of Days. See pages 16-19 for explanation of elemental system.

The interpretations of the Sephirot are also from Rabbi Jill’s teachings.  Specifically, they are from her Omer Calendar of Bibilical Women.

3: The spiritual focus is my own concept of sustainable spiritual practice.  It is based on my interpretation of the wheel of the year and the Jewish holidays, as taught by many.  The specific focus is for a season, as based on the element have/need system taught by R’Jill Hammer in the The Jewish Book of Days, as referenced above.  For example Autumn is the time of Air within Earth, we have Earth we need Air and is the spiritual focus of Community (Air) within Resources (Earth) or more simply: communal resources.  

4: While tarot is not intrinsically Jewish, it is a derivative of Kabbalah and a can be a useful tool for self discovery and exploration. Tarot correspondences here follow Kabbalistic tree of life by Issac ben Luria, the Ari, as opposed to some of the more common Christian systems.

5: The soul-traits for each month are based on Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, developed by Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet.