sivan – סיון

Third month of the year is the month of Matan Torah (Gift of the Torah)

Chodesh Tov to you all!

Sivan is the month of the giving of the Torah. Please note and contemplate the following: Giving is not receiving. The sages never mention the receiving of the Torah. Why do you think this is true? Are you ready to receive the Torah this year? This month? This week? Today? Do you understand the difference between giving, receiving and sharing? Giving is when someone transfers something (always energy sometimes physical items) with an expectation of receiving something in return.

Hashem gave the Torah as a gift, yet there is an expectation that one will choose to follow the guidelines expressed in the Torah.

Sharing is when one transfers energy without an expectation of receiving something back. Receiving is when this energy transfer creates a circuit of energy between the sharer and the receiver. This is a complicated subject that must be learned to truly learn Torah. Remember, just because something is transferred to you does not mean that it is received. It does not always create a complete circuit of energy between the sharer and the receiver. When this is complete there is an elevation of consciousness that we call Kedusha or (w)Holiness.

Our sages express the relationship between Sivan and the number 3 as follows:

Blessed is the Merciful one (Hashem) who gave a threefold Torah(Chumash-5 Books,Neviim-Prophets,Ketuvim-Writings) to a threefold people (Cohenim, Leviim, and Israelim), by the third(Moshe is the 3rd child of his mother Yocheved), on the third day(of abstaining from marital relations), in the third month(Nissan,Iyar, Sivan).

The above is a statement from the Talmud. Yet it is actually a coded kabbalistic statement. There are 5 mentions of the number 3 to hint that the Torah is given in all 5 worlds. Each of these Torah’s have the same letters but not the same words. It is from this type of hint that we get the midrash that teaches that the letters of the Torah will rearrange themselves back into their original order (The first set of Luchot (Tablets), with the coming of Mashiach.

(The Talmud was originally the oral Torah while the scroll is the written Torah. The Talmud is actually a Kabbalistic text like the Zohar and the Sefer Yetzirah, but is rarely taught that way today.)

The Torah was given on the 6th day of Sivan which is two 3 day periods. The first 3 day period represents the written Torah while the second 3 day period represents the oral Torah. In this way we connect to 7 threes (5 from the words of the sages above plus 2 from the 6th day of Sivan), one for each of the lower 7 Sephirot dealing with our physical world. This is all part of our learning to receive the Torah.

Letters of the month: Reshר is the letter that created the planet CoCav, the planet Mercury. Cocav is spelled כוכב. Please note that this is actually the gematria of 26 and 22. 26 represents Hashem which represents the Light and 22 represents all of the letters of the aleph bet (all of the vessel). Mercury gets its nature from this word. One side of the planet faces the light (sun) and one side faces the dark. Mercury is also the fastest planet in the solor system circling the sun in 88 days. 88 פח is the metal tin. It’s shoresh means to exhale or to breathe (one’s last). When we permutate the letters חף is a word that means innocent and pure. Its shoresh means to shield or cover. All of these traits are discussed as the traits of the month of Sivan.

The name of the letter Resh has two meanings. One means poor and one means head as in the word Rosh. To fully understand this connection one must realize the relationship of the Head with the Body. A head without a body is truly poor. Intellect without emotions is incomplete and lacking and therefore is called poor. Where are you in your life? Have you integrated the Head with the body? The intellect with the emotions?

Zion ז is the letter that created the constellation Tuomim or Twins. The word Zion is used in the Torah interchangeably with the word Jerusalem. Of course this is not actually correct. Zion represents the city of Jerusalem in its pristine state within the spiritual worlds. The gematria of Zion is 7. 7 represents Shabbat, and Malchut. We will discuss this more below.

The gematria of the 2 letters Resh and Zion is 207. The word Raz spelled Resh Zion means secret. The gematria of 207 is the same as the word Ohr which means light. There is another word in Hebrew that means secret , that word is Sod. These two words represent different types of secrets. Raz relates to things being concealed by the light being too intense.

The Torah is given in the third month which is Sivan. There is a significant connection between the number 3 and the number 7. One of these relationships is the total of 3 + 7 =10. This equation can be explained as the 3 upper Sephirot + the 7 Lower Sephirot = All 10 of the Sephirot. This also can be explained as The Head (intellect) plus the Body (emotions) = balance (unity).

Constellation: The constellation has the name Tuomi תאומי. This name is translated as twin or my twin. It is said in the Midrash that Hashem said the Jewish people are his bride on Matan Torah (Giving of the Torah) and that they are perfect spelled תמתי. The sages say this should be read as תאומתי which also means twin. Why did the Sages say this? Because no one is perfect and still left to live in the physical world. It is said that a married couple grows to be a twin. This also leads to the teachings about marriage that all “sins” are forgiven when one walks under the Chupah and gets married. The constellation in western astrology is called Gemini and also means twin.

Holidays: Shavuot is the Holiday of the giving of the Torah and it is celebrated on the 6th of Sivan as discussed above. There is a machlochet (argument for the sake of Heaven) because some of the Sages said the Torah was given on Shabbat the 7th of Sivan. In the nineteen year Hebrew Calendar cycle the 6th of sivan never falls on Shabbat. Of course this is not a problem in the Diaspora because the second day of the Holiday is on the 7th which sometimes (although not this year) falls on Shabbat.

The ARI Rabbi Issac Luria teaches that the ultimate form of life insurance is possible on the Holiday of Shavuot. Life insurance meaning from Shavuot till Rosh Hashana one can have a life that is free from chaos. All one has to do is give up a little sleep the night of the 6th of Sivan. By staying up all night and studying Kabbalah one cleanses all negative decrees for this period. From personal experience I know that this is both true and well worth the giving up of the sleep.

  • Here is a link for the study material prepared by Chaim Drizin following the teachings of the ARI and the Ben Ish Chai
  • Tribe: The tribe of Zevulan is the third of the Tribes when it comes to giving offerings at the Mishkan dedication. There is much to be learned from the Name Zevulan about the characteristics of the month of Sivan, so here is the link to the third day of the dedication that we have available on our website.

  • Nissan Day 3 - Tribe of Zevulan.
  • It suggest you spend some time during this month checking out the attributes of the name Zevulan and the Name of the Nasi who gave the dedication and his consciousness of why he gave what he gave. Remember not all of these attributes are positive and with restriction we can correct them and transform them into positive aspects.

    Sense: Walking. This sense is in the sense of spiritual walking and growth or progress, in addition to the physical sense of walking. Each Mitzvah comes as a Halacha which translates as correct path. An example is when someone walks the correct path to spiritual progress.

    Controller: The left foot. In any pair of feet there is a right and a left. The left is always considered more physical and the right more spiritual. In our bodies the Sephiroth of Netzach and Hod (Victory and Achnolwedgment) represent the feet. Sivan is a month of acknowledgment and appreciation starting with Matan Torah and including the chaos free months ahead.

    The color of the month is Brownish orange.

    Energy Days: Rosh Chodesh and Shavuot are considered high energy days. The other days of Sivan are generally considered balanced days and tend to be more positive than not. It is said King David and the Baal Shem Tov left on the 6th and 7th of Sivan respectively. Utilize these Tzadikim to help you remain awake on the Holiday of Shavuot.

    Also take advantage all of the Tzadikim that left during this month of Sivan. There is someone who left each day and they will relate to the Sephirah of that day. The more you learn about an individual Tzadik the more you can be assisted in your spiritual work by the work that the Tzadik did during his lifetime. He is making him or herself available to you. I hope you will utilize them. All you have to do is light a 25 hour candle in his or her name. Here is a link to the list of Tzadikim who left during Sivan.

    For people who have their north node in Sivan, there lifetime correction deals with growing from the spoiled child of a lifetime as a Sagittarius into a balanced adult who manifests the energy of Sivan. For all of us we can be seeing the energy of balance in our lives during Sivan. Of course this takes the tool of Binding by Striking and restriction not suppression when it comes to the relationships we will see enhanced during this month.

    This enhancement comes from developing our twins. The spiritual in relation to the physical. Our marriages or significant others. And mostly striving for our spiritual potential being manifested.

    Binding by Striking is a lifetime study in how to maintain balance in our lives. I suggest you listen again to class 5 and 6 of the basic course. Also please learn the difference between suppression and binding by striking. This is explained in these same classes.

    Chodesh Tov