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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Qualities to Acquire the Torah and Corresponding Prophets

Week #
Important dates taking place in week of year
Qualities to Acquire Torah
Prophets
1

Rosh Hashanah
 Torah is greater than priesthood and kingship, for kingship is acquired with 30 qualities, priesthood is acquired with 24, whereas the Torah is acquired with 48 ways.
Avraham and Sarah
2
Yom Kippur
[constant] study
Yitzchak

3
Sukkot
attentive listening (Shmi’at haOzen)

Yaakov

4
Shemini Atzeret
verbal enunciation
Moses
5
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan
perception of the heart
(Binat Ha’Lev)

Aaron
6
First Week of Cheshvan
(Potential 3rd Temple Holiday)
Awe (Eimah)

Joshua
7
Second Week of Cheshvan
(3rd Temple)
Fear (Yirah)
Pinchas
8
Third Week of Cheshvan
(3rd Temple)
humility (anavah)
Elkanah and Chanah 

9
Fourth Week of Chesvan or Rosh Chodesh Kislev
Joy (Simchah)
Eli
10
Rosh Chodesh Kislev or 1st week
Purity (Taharah)                          
Shmuel
11
Yud Kislev
ministering the sages

Gad
12
Yud Tet Kislev
bonding of friends (dibuk chaverim)
Nathan
13
Chanukah
sharp discussion with students (pilpul hatalmidim)

David and Avigail
14
Chanukah/Rosh Chodesh Tevet
with calmness (yishuv)

Shlomo
15
10th of Tevet
with [knowledge] of Mikrah (Scripture)
Iddo
16
Third Week of Tevet
[knowledge] of Mishnah (Oral Torah).

Michaiah son of Imlah
17
Fourth Week of Tevet
with minimized business activity (miut schorah)
Obadiah
18
Rosh Chodesh Shvat
minimized world activity (miut derech eretz)

Ahiah HaShiloni
19
Yud Shvat
minimized pleasure (miut ta’anug)

Jehu son of Chanani

20
Tu B'Shvat
minimized sleep (miut sheinah)               
Azariah son of Oded
21
Fourth Week of Shvat
minimized conversation (miut sichah)
Jahaziel the Levite
22
Rosh Chodesh Adar
minimized laughter (miut schok)
Eliezer son of Dodavahu
23
First Week of Adar
with slowness to anger (erech apayim)
Hosea
24
Purim
with a good heart (lev tov)

Amos
25
Third Week of Adar
faith in the Sages (emunat chachamim)

Micah the Morashite

26
Rosh Chodesh Nissan
acceptance of suffering (kabalat hayissurin)

Amoz
27
First Week of Nissan
he who knows his place (hamakir et mekomo)

Eliyahu
28
First Day of Pessach
he who is happy with his lot (hasameach be’chelkoh)

Elisha
29
Pessach
he who makes a fence around his words
Jonah ben Amittai
30
Fourth Week of Nissan
he claims no credit for his achievements (einoh machazik tovah l’atzmo)

Isaiah
31
Rosh Chodesh Iyar/ 5 de Iyar
loved (ahuv)
Joel
32
Second Week of Iyar
loves Hashem (ohev et haMakom)
Nahum

33
Pessach Sheini/ Lag Ba’Omer
Loves people (Ohev et habriot)
Chabakuk
34
Fourth Week of Iyar
loves the ways of righteousness (ohev et hatzedakot)
Zephaniah
35
Rosh Chodesh Sivan/ Yom Yerushalayim
loves justice (ohev et hameisharim)
Uriah
36
Shavuot
Ohev et hatochachot (loves reproof)
Jeremiah
37
Third Week of Sivan
keeps far from honor
Ezekiel
38
Fourth Week of Sivan
does not act arrogantly with his knowledge (lo megis liboh betalmudoh)

Daniel (Shemaiah)
39
Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
does not take pleasure in handing down [halachic] decisions (einoh sameach b’hora’ah)

Baruch
40
Second Week of Tammuz
bears the burden with his friends (noseh b’ol im chaveroh)

Neriah
41
12,13 of Tammuz/ 17 of Tammuz
judges him favorably (machrioh lechaf zechut)
Seraiah
42
Fourth Week of Tammuz
places him [in the path of] truth (ma’amidoh al haemet)

Mehsiah
43
Rosh Chodesh Av
places him [in the path of] peace (ma’amidoh al haShalom)
Haggai
44
Tisha B'Av
he deliberates in his study (mityashev liboh betalmudoh)
Zechariah
45
Tu B'Av
asks and responds (shoel umeshiv)

Malachi
46
Third Week of Av
listens and adds (shomeah umosif);
Mordechai Bilshan
47
Rosh Chodesh Elul
learns in order to teach (lomed al menat lilmod)
Unknown /Oded (Mashiach ben Yosef)
58
First Week of Elul
learns in order to practice (lomed al menat la’asot);

Unknown / Chanani (Mashiach ben David)
49
Second Week of Elul
increases the wisdom of his teacher (machkim et rabboh)

Miriam (Rachel); Rebbetzin Menucha Rachel, grand-daughter of the Alter Rebbe.

50
Chai Elul
who properly undestands what he learns (Kavanah)

Devorah (Leah)
(Devorah Leah, who gave additional life to the Alter Rebbe, sacrificing her own)

51
Fourth Week of Elul/Slichot
who relates a statement in the name of the one who said it.
Chuldah (Rivkah); Rebbetzin Rivkah
52
Slichot/Rosh Hashanah
Whoever relates a statement in the name of the one who said it brings redemption to the world, as it says (Esther 2:22): And Esther told the king in the name of Mordechai.

Esther (Sarah); Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah, wife of the Fifth Lubbavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe Rashab. Shterna means star, and Esther also means star, as does Ayelet haShachar.


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