At Rosh Chodesh Nissan we are moving from the side of the year which is the creation of Adam in thought and vision (Rosh Hashanah) to the creation of Adam into physical reality! [to learn more about this check my website- www.thereturninglight.com there you will see updates, even instructions for how to set up your kitchen under “cooking instructions”] We therefore need to in a sense (as Micio Kushi puts it) “crystallize” our ideas. Extra good quality salt is a substance which also according to Micio Kushi, helps one to bring lofty ideas into form and reality. This is now, as we are now coming from the world of thought into the world of speech and action.
This week which has in it Rosh Chodesh Nissan occurs in non leap year just after we have finished the Second Book of The Torah, Shemoth. What we complete in the readings of Shemoth is the Holy Mishkan, and being that this happens just as we are entering Rosh Chodesh Nissan is one of our amazing connections between the Parsha of the week and the time in which we are reading it. The reason being and this is truly amazing is that Rosh Chodesh Nissan is that date in which The Holy Mishkan began to function. It’s called in Hebrew “Yakum HaMishkan”. So we see that exactly when we finish the workings of the Mishkan is exactly when the Mishkan begins to function! Not only that but another connection (this one in diet) between the now and what we are reading is that during this week of Rosh Chodesh Nissan we are reading from the first sedra/parsha of The Third Book of The Torah, Vayikra and in relation to what we said about our diets needing extra salt, well just check out chapter 2, verse 13, there The Torah mentions in one verse the word “salt” four times! “You shall season with salt your every meal-offering with salt; you may not be lacking/do not stop the salt of your G-d’s covenant from upon your meal –offering—on every offering you shall add salt.” (By the way, a meal offering means grains!)
I do not do this blindly because now we are reading about salt, but rather I see that my body at this time actually is craving more salt. For me I know this to be true and I’m sharing this with you!
Stay tuned for our diets during Chag HaPessach. You can be sure (for those who know a bit about The Jewish Year Diet), that it will not be about eating potatoes!