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Fascinating Insights—The Sefer (in English)
Nissan—A Month Unlike Others
Nissan is no ordinary month
rather it is special. This is how the Ohr Hachaim
explains ראש חדשים—Nissan—as ראש is the choicest as in בשמים ראש, choice spices, since Nissan is the greatest of all months.
The Siduro Shel Shabbos
writes ראש חדשים refers to the head like the head of a person where the powers
of the body and its vitality come from the head. In the Sefer Magid Masharim,
the Magid tells R’ Yosef Karo thatעתך עת
דודים, your time was the time
of love, refers to the holy days of Nissan.
R’ Tzadok Hakohen
tells us that Nissan includes all the Kedusha of the 12 months. The Shela
informs us that each day in Nissan is like Rosh Chodesh as it says החדש הזה לכם ראש חדשים, each day of this month is like a Rosh Chodesh. As a result,
there is no Tachanun this entire month. In a letter dated Motzai Shabbos,
Parshas Acharei Mos in the year תרמ"ו (1886), the Avnei Nazer
writes to R’ Chaim Berlin, who asked him questions on matters regarding Pesach,
that it is hard for me to answer because these days of Nissan are so precious
as it isשעה כיום יחשב, an hour is like a day. However, since I
was asked very much for an answer as it is for his Oneg and Simchas Yom Tov, I
took a little time to answer. In fact, the Shem Mishmuel testifies about his
father, the Avnei Nazer, that in the days of Nissan he would go around in the
upper worlds and because of the great Kedusha of these days, he didn’t need to
Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the
tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received
Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous
topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family
in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is
passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
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