This week we will continue our discussion of a guarantor – the halachic arev. Last week we opened the discussion with an outline of whether or not there is a… Read more »
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Sources to the Bracha In the middle of the Bar Mitzvah celebrations, the father makes an unusual bracha which is unlike any other. The bracha relates to the… Read more »
As we approach the month of Nissan, the reading on this Shabbos includes Parashas Ha-Chodesh, the reading of the New Month: “This month is for you the first of months, it is the first, for you, among the months of the year” (Shemos 12:2).
The mitzvah of sanctifying the new month was the first mitzvah given to the Jewish People as a nation, and it preceded their coming forth from Egypt.
In the initial creation of the world, a number of commentaries (including the Sefornu, the Vilna Gaon, and others) note that the creation of time is included in the very first words of the Torah: “In the beginning Elokim created.” In a similar vein, a mitzvah of time – a new time frame that had hitherto not existed – was given to the nation of Israel before its national creation.
Although the mitzvah of setting and sanctifying the month is not practiced today, the interpretation that Ramban gives to the text gives rise to a possible contemporary application of the mitzvah, and to a halachic issue that many authorities have discussed.
In the present article we will discuss the mitzvah of using the Jewish Date in documents. Is there such a mitzvah? Is there a prohibition against using the secular date? What is the significance of the Jewish months commonly used? How should letters and checks be dated? These questions, among others, are addressed below.