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Beyond Howling Wolves

Friday, 16 August, 2019 - 8:52 am

Look outside tonight and you’ll see a full moon.

Common folklore has associated lunacy - even vampires - with lunar fullness, but Judaism sees spiritual beauty in the full moon.

The sun is the universe’s luminary, and the moon its reflector, and every month they go through a cosmic dance. The New Moon cycle begins with darkness, a moonless night. The moon then begins to wax, showing us more and more of the sun’s brilliance. Ultimately, we get to see the moon in total symmetry with the sun’s rays: The full moon.

This dynamic represents our own dance with the Divine: G-d is the source of all light, the true ‘Sun’ of our universe, and our role is to reflect G-dliness - Divine meaning – to the world.

In other words: G-d created each of us to serve as a ‘moon’ to his ‘Sun’.

When we’re off our game, our world goes dark; it feels like a lonely and vulnerable – moonless – night.

When we’re aligned, life makes more sense. We can see where we’re coming from and where we need to go. There are pitfalls, but we feel safe and secure. We’re connected.

The goal is to be a full moon.

On the [lunar-based] Jewish calendar, the 15th day of the month is always the full moon. Which helps us understand why Passover and Sukkot are each on the 15th of their respective Jewish month.

Well, today is the 15th of the month of Av, and the Talmud tells us that it’s even more powerful than those Bibilical Holidays.

Tisha B’av (last weekend) was a time for collective mourning. We each focused on our disconnect from self, from each other and from the Divine.

But we’re past that now. And our new alignment has the special glow that comes with achieving security after our Tisha B’Av grapple with vulnerability and instability.

Think of a couple experiencing the oneness of their honeymoon. Then real life hits, and they face challenges, instability. When they work through the challenges, they’re in a stronger place than they began. They now know their relationship has the strength to weather turbulence.

By using their imbalance as an opportunity to strengthen personal weakness, the couple comes out stronger on the other side. They’re more secure because they have faced instability and grown from it.

The post Tisha B’av full moon represents our alignment with G-d, post-challenge. It represents the reality that we have that connection readily available, even when it’s feeling dark.

Today is the 15th of Av.

Take a moment to feel your alignment with G-d.

Your moon is full, so why not bask in the light?

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