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Parshat Bo: Rosh Chodesh and Starting Over

by Chaya Rivka Zwolinski

In Parshat Bo we learn about the mitzvah of Rosh Chodesh, the new month. Rosh Chodesh starts at the time of the new moon. At the beginning of the new month, the moon is at the darkest, smallest phase. Yet it is precisely at this time that the moon begins to grow and get brighter.

Reb Nosson says that each one of us should take a lesson from this. Whenever you are at your lowest level, whenever you seem to be in the dark…don’t despair. When you feel very small, when you feel there’s nothing for you, this is precisely the time when you can begin to grow.

It may seem like you can’t find your way out of the darkness. It may seem that you are very low. But by reaching out for understanding, by longing to connect to Hashem, and by doing everything that you are able to do, you can begin to walk a path growth that can lead to great spiritual heights.

Reb Noson tells us that this message of encouragement is so important it shows why the first mitzvah given to the Jews as a nation was the mitzvah of Rosh Chodesh.

May you have a day in which you believe you can start over.

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