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How to Use Summer for Spiritual Growth

There is spiritual growth that can only be accomplished in the summertime

From the moment that Passover started, the Omer clock started, the countdown started to Shavuot. That period of self-reflection and character improvement has now passed. The full moon of Sivan is already here. Are we supposed to be doing anything “special” in spiritual matters now, or do we just chill out?

There is nothing to chill about.

Like a farmer ensuring that their crops are nourished, weeded, and protected, summer is the perfect time to nourish and protect our spiritual lives.

  • Take a trip into nature to deepen your Yirat Shamayim, our awe/fear of God, by studying the wonders of God’s incredible creation.
  • Grow your own food to develop gratitude and patience.
  • Exercise to fulfill the obligation of guarding our health and create joyful endorphins.
  • Longer days means we can dedicate more time for Torah study.
  • And longer days means no conflict between your work obligations and Shabbat starting.

And I am sure you can come up with some more ways — I would love to hear them!

Kabbalah & Halacha for Summer: Sivan

“The month of Nissan is connected to the right leg, while the month of Sivan is connected to the left leg. During these months, from Nissan to Sivan, the nation was “walking” to Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah. Thus we see the interconnection between the two months and the two legs.” Walking is called in Hebrew “holech” with is the root of the word “halacha” which is the system of laws which govern Jewish ritual.