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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pesach Sheni, Second Chances and The Dark Side of the Moon

To say today's energy is "intense" would be a mild understatement. Not only is it Pesach Sheni, the Jewish holiday of Second Chances, it's also the Yartzeit of Rabbi Meir as well as the anniversary of the day in 1960 that  notorious Nazi mastermind Adolph Eichmann was captured in Buenos Aries Argentina. Not simply a random coincidence, on this day in 1973 Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' hits #1 in the US during a record-breaking 741-week US chart stretch.

Who deserves a Second Chance and who deserves to be hanged by the neck until dead? Clearly Eichmann didn't deserve anything resembling a second chance although he was tried and convicted according to the rule of law and he was hung in accordance with the death penalty he deserved, yet one might say a thousand - or a thousand thousand - deaths couldn't be enough for him. We celebrate his destruction as we celebrate the hanging of Haman during Purim - maybe it's time for a l'chaim after all.

So it's a big, bright ultra-intense Full Moon in Scorpio today. The Moon reaches her fullness this afternoon at 2:19pm Jerusalem Time, at 8 Degrees 7 Minutes of Scorpio. Scorpio rules death, rebirth, "reincarnation" (the process of Gilgulim, all matters of the "supernatural" activity as well as the process best symbolized by a Phoenix rising from the ashes - coming to a new life out of a fiery death. So - see if you can follow this - Pesach Sheni is ALWAYS on 14 Iyar (Taurus/Scorpio) just like Pesach is ALWAYS on 14 Nissan (Aries/Libra). Which means (according to the Theory of Reflective Calendar Opposites discussed in-depth by Lorelai and BenZion Eliyahu Lehrer on the last edition of our "Sunday Night Live" Show) the opposite date on the Hebrew Calendar - 14 Cheshvan - should be examined, and lo and behold the 14th of Cheshvan was the day the British Government finalized the Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for the Modern State of Israel. Talk about "Second Chances!" Talk about death, rebirth and rising from the ashes into a new and living entity - the energy is there for the taking (the asking!) today. Advice? Glad you asked! Make Hibodedut like you've never done before - ask for EVERYTHING, don't be shy!

Today's Torah Schedule:
  • 1pm - Rebbetzin Rena Richman's "Bat Melech" Series focuses on Pesach Sheni
  • 2pm - Rabbi Chaim Richman's Parsha Shavua "Emor"
  • 3pm - Rabbi Moshe New: Pesach Sheni - Nothing is Impossible!
  • 4pm - Rabbi Leib Shaperio "The Significance of Pesach Sheni" Part 1
  • 5pm - Rabbi Leib Shaperio "The Significance of Pesach Sheni" Part 2
Today's Music Schedule:
  • 8am - 1pm: Lorelai's "Morning Dew for the Morning Jew" Show focuses on the theme of Second Chances, and right before 1pm we're playing Ann Margaret's "How Lovely to be a Woman" from Bye-Bye Birdie (it's Ann Margaret's birthday and Lorelai has fond childhood memories of her!). 
  • 1pm - 6pm: "Israeli Soul" Afternoon features music from Oren Levy, Seth Breitman and BenZion Eliyahu Lehrer.
  • 6pm - Pink Floyd's Masterpiece "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON." The classic, the one and only. You can never hear it too many times in a lifetime.
  • 7-8pm - Moon Songs! l'kavod the Full Moon. You'll go loony listening to these tunes! :)
  • 8pm - Eric Clapton & Buddy Guy Live at Ronnie Scott's (1987). SIZZLING.
  • 10pm -  Yes - Tales of Topographic Oceans - remastered and crisp as a brand new potato chip fresh out of the bag and twice as yummy!
We're wishing all our listeners a meaningful and transformative Pesach Sheni. We'll see you on the Dark Side of the Moon!