Monday, May 12, 2008
Iyar - Month of Healing: Redux
Last year I wrote about Iyar & Segulas for Refuah. This year I would like to write about another type of “Refuah”. Reb Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin (Pri Tzadik, Rosh Chodesh Iyar, 4) quoting Sefer Ohev Yisroel, says that the month of Iyar is an auspicious time for teshuvah. This is based on the well known idea that Iyar is an auspicious time for healing; אייר stand for א׳ני י׳י׳ ר׳ופאך. Now, the most important type of healing is the healing of the neshama, consequently, Iyar is a special time for teshuvah. The concept of the time between Pesach and Shavuos being a time for healing is actually alluded to in the Gemara (Shabbos 147b), which mentions several healing methods. The Gemara goes on to say that the period between Pesach and Shavuos is the most opportune time for these healing methods.