A holy “Kavone” to have in mind every Rosh Chodesh:
To proclaim and Crown HKB”H as the King of the world
and to abolish every influence of the Mazel of the month!
This week’s mamar is dedicated for the coming Shabbos which is called “Shabbos HaChodesh”, because we read for Maftir the the Mitzvoh to establish the month of Nissan—the month of Yetzias Motzrayim —as the first of the twelve months of the year. This passage appears in Parshas Bo (Shemos 12,1): “Hashem said to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt. This month shall be for you the beginning of the months.”
Additionally, this possuk teaches us about the mitzvoh to sanctify – to be mekadesh, the new month— each new month when the new moon becomes visible in the sky. This is what HKB”H meant when He said: “Koze reei vekadesh” – “See it like this and sanctify it”. Concerning this event, we learne in the Mishnah (Rosh HaShoneh 24.) that after Beis Din questioned the witnesses who first saw the new moon: The Head of Beis Din says: “Mekudesh” – “It is sanctified!” and all the people respond after him: “Mekudesh Mekudesh” – “It is sanctified! It is sanctified!”.
The question is: Why is it necessary for Beis Din to sanctify the month and for all of the people to respond, “It is sanctified! It is sanctified!”? This suggests that the day of Rosh Chodesh possesses some sort of defect that must be corrected and sanctified.
We suggest a new idea based on the warning of the Torah in parshas Vueschanan, that every Jew needs to be extremely cautious with regards to the solar system—the sun, the moon, the stars and all of the heavenly bodies—which includes the twelve constellation which comprise the signs of the 12 Mazoles. We must not err by attributing to them any power concerning the management and supervision of the natural world. We must believe wholeheartedly that HKB”H, not only created them, but controls and manages them as He pleases.
This is conveyed by the words of the prophet (Yeshayah 40,26): “Seou morom eineichem ureuu mi boro eile” – “Lift your eyes to the heaven and see Who created these”. In other words, gaze up at the skies and witness all of the heavenly bodies that comprise the solar system; however, do not be misled into thinking, chas v’sholom, that they somehow control the universe. Rather, “see who created these”—remember well that HKB”H created them and controls them as he pleases.
In this light, it is incredible that we recite the kedushah of “Keser” during the Mussaf on Rosh Chodesh: “Keser yitnu lecho Hashem Elokeinu”. By proclaiming: “They will give you a crown Hashem, our G-d”, we are crowning HKB”H as the one and only king with the power to manage the entire world. Simultaneously, we are breaking and abolishing the idol worshipers who use the twelve monthly constellations as a barrier to separate us from HKB”H.
May we all have a lechtiken Shabbos and a wonderful Chodesh.
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