The energy of this month is the "Wholeness of Brokenness". Av is about shedding tears, tears of sadness and tears of joy. It is considered the most emotionally intense month of the year. It is the most negative of the three negative months. It is interesting that this month is ruled by the sun and in many parts of the world is the hottest month of the year. The heat in the physical realm is also reflected in the spiritual and emotional realms as well.

The area of healing this month is hearing. We should take care to really listen to what we are saying and what others are saying to us. Misunderstanding what we hear is the root of most problems between people. The word for "to hear" in Hebrew, really means "to understand". When we hear another we should therefore understand them. Hearing is receiving. The sense of hearing is the sense of inner balance. When this sense is whole, everything can stand firm. Imbalance is the source of fall and destruction and it is on the 9th of this month, Tisha B'Av, that the first and second Temples were destroyed.

Av gives us the opportunity to heal our ears, to hear with an open heart and mind. Though it is considered to be a negative month, remember that the Kabbalists teach that in the greatest darkness is the potential to reveal the greatest Light. The sun rules this month, reminding us of the one true Light that shines in the darkness. May we be blessed to seek the Light and find it during this new month.

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The Sefirot

The month of Av is the 5th Month of the Hebrew Calendar
Common Calendar Dates:   July 10-August 8, 2020

Each day of the month corresponds to one of the Sefirot:
Rosh Chodesh - Keter
2nd-8th - Chochmah
9th-14th - Binah
15th-22nd - Zeir Anpin
23rd-Last Day - Malchut

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Divine Name Permutation

Unlike the other months of the year, there are two verses that provide the Divine Name permutation for Av. Both verses agree on the order of the letters.

First Verse - Shemot (Exodus) 9:3:
Behold, the hand of Hashem will be upon your livestock that is in the field, upon the horses, upon the donkeys, upon the camels, upon the cattle, and upon the sheep, a very severe pestilence.

Second Verse - Devarim (Deuteronomy) 27:9:
Moses and the Levitic priests spoke to all Israel, saying, "Pay attention and listen, O Israel! This day, you have become a people to Hashem, your Elohim.

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More About Av

Sign:   Leo
Planet:   The Sun
Tribe:   Shimon
Color:  Yellow
Energy:   The Wholeness of Brokenness
Focus:   Hearing
Controller:   Left Kidney
Holidays:   Tisha B'Av, Tu B'Av