Cheshvan / חֶשְׁוַן

Moon of Stillness (October/November)The month that invites introspection to allow us to see what we may have forgotten along the way. Basics Linear Month: 2 Torah Month: 8 Season: Autumn Holidays:  None Offerings1: Salt Water, Olive Branches, Red String, Offerings at Crossroads Element2: Ruach (רוּחַ) Air within Aphar (עָפָר) Earth Spiritual Focus3: Communal Resources Netivah: Mekonenet…

11 Cheshvan: Yarzheit of Rachel Imeinu

The 11 of Cheshvan, and it is the historical Yahrzteit of Rachel Imeinu (Rachel the Matriarch). This ritual can be used to honor Rachel Imeinu or be adapted to honor any ancestor of blood or spirit. This is intended a simple solitary ritual, which can easily be adapted for a group. If you are interested…

Red String: Symbol of Cheshvan

There are no holidays in Cheshvan (except Shabbat), so it was harder to decide which object to explore this month.  I thought about exploring Besamin, the spices we use at Havdalah, since according to the Sefer Yetzirah the sense of the month is smell.  I thought about yahrzeit candles because there are many famous yahrzeits celebrated…