This post is about the Jewish month of Tevet, as it relates to The Chazak Plan: A 12 Month Journey to Spiritual Strength.
Rosh Chodesh Tevet begins Friday night, the 11th of December, and lasts for two days.
The month of Tevet encompasses two moods: Celebration and mourning. During the beginning of the month, we celebrate Chanukah, commemorating, among other events, the rededication of the Second Temple (Chanukah begins Sunday night, December 6th). Later in the month, on the 10th of Tevet, we fast and commemorate the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, which led to the destruction of the First Temple.
In one month we commemorate two diametrically opposed events. Faith is the bridge between them. Even while we mourn an event which led to the destruction of the Temple, we have faith that like the miracle of Chanukah, another dedication of the Temple will occur, when the Messiah comes and dedicates the Third Temple.
Consider adding to your checklist the following daily practice to enhance your faith:
Think of a challenge and say to yourself:
“This is from God for my eternal benefit. Part of fulfilling my life’s purpose is doing what I can to overcome and grow from this challenge. This will work out in the end; either in this world or in the next. God is with me, giving me the strength and courage I need to triumph.”
Questions for the month:
“What challenge will I use to help me strengthen my faith?”
“Is there an area of my faith where I have doubts and questions? If yes, who can I speak to for clarity?”
Here is a follow up to last week’s article:
Abraham + Isaac + Jacob = You
Happy Chanukah and may God grant us success in the coming month,