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Monday, March 15, 2010

Don't Beware the Ides of March, Celebrate 29 Adar Instead!

Beware the Ides of March or celebrate them? You be the judge! March 15th falls, this year, on 29 Adar 5770. It's Phil Lesh's birthday Additionally,  on this day in Jewish History the very FIRST Commandment was given to Moshe and the Jewish People.

According to the Chabad web site:

Shortly before sundown on the 29th of Adar, G-d commanded Moses regarding the mitzvah of sanctifying the crescent new moon and establishing a lunar calendar. This is the first mitzvah the Jews were given as a nation.
Moses had difficulty envisaging the moon's appearance at the exact moment of its monthly rebirth. After the sun set, G-d showed Moses the crescent new moon of the new month of Nissan, showing him the precise dimensions of the moon at the moment the new month is to be consecrated.
For the generations that followed, each new month was ushered in when two witnesses testified before the Sanhedrin (rabbinic supreme court) that they had seen the molad, the new moon. In the 4th century CE, Hillel II foresaw that the Jews would no longer be able to follow a Sanhedrin-based calendar. So Hillel and his rabbinical court established the perpetual calendar which is followed today -- until Moshiach will come and reestablish the Sanhedrin.

It's also Pisces / Pisces - the Sun and Moon both in the last Sign of the Zodiac, two fish swimming in opposite directions, oblivious of each other. The peak of the Unconscious / Subconscious - as the Sun/Moon conjunct Mercury in Pisces gently allows us to speak the Truth - first to ourselves, then to each other. We can be Mirrors for each others Higher Selves, we can merge with the Universal Infinite, we can swim with the fishes beneath the sea where the Evil Eye can't see us, we can move our mouth like fish to speak to our Creator, and we take a big gulp of the infinite today as we prepare to move from Piscean Water into a blazing Rosh Chodesh Nissan - FIRE, baby . . . burn, baby - burn!

Today's Torah Schedule:
  • 4pm - Rabbi Chaim Richman's series on the Rambam "Shall We Build The Holy Temple?" Part 1
  • 5pm - Rabbi Dovid Bendory "Keeping Pesach Cleaning Sane" (by popular demand!)

Today's Music Schedule:
  • 8am - 1pm - "Morning Dew for the Morning Jew" celebrates new beginnings!
  • 1pm - 6pm - "Israeli Soul" Afternoon includes music from Knesiyal Hasechel, Beit Habubot and Aharit HaYamim.
  • 6pm - "Betten Gav" Chillaxation Hour with Appalachia Waltz featuring Marc O'Connor, Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma.
  • 7pm - 9pm - Billie and Bonnie! Two full hours of tunes from Billie Holiday and Bonnie Raitt. If you're not drinking by the end of this set, you "haven't got a heart."
  • 9pm - Phil Lesh's 70th Birthday! What a Long Strange Trip it's been! We're playing the Grateful Dead from Barton Hall, Cornell University New York recorded 5-8-77.
  • 11:30pm - David Crosby's All-Star  "If I Could Only Remember My Name" Album
  • 12:30am - 8am Dave Matthews Band Live in Central Park, Derek and The Dominos "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs,"  Joe Cocker "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "O Brother Where Art Thou" Soundtrack, Robert Earl Kean's "The Party Never Ends," Neil Young "After the Gold Rush" and Joni Mitchell "For The Roses" take us straight on to morning ....

...Which will be Tuesday March 15th - International Temple Mount Awareness Day - join us here, there or wherever you are! Stay tuned to Radio Free Nachlaot's continuing coverage of this important event!