There are many days –in fact most days—that I wish there were another ten or more hours to the day. Time seems to race by and before I know it, the day is over. The things that I needed to or wanted to get done are put aside for the next day, because there just was not enough time in the day. Time seems to be flying by, as I look at my kids and watch them grow. I pray for time to slow down, to let me enjoy the minutes and hours and to be able to linger in the ordinary moments.

What if we were actually granted the gift of extra time? How would we use that precious gift?

Lucky for us, this year is a leap year in the Hebrew Calendar, and we have an extra month. The Hebrew Calendar is a lunar calendar, which does not line up exactly with the solar calendar. In order to ensure that Passover –the holiday of spring– is celebrated in the spring (not in the winter, summer, or fall) the calendar is adjusted. Every few years (seven times in a nineteen-year period) we add an extra month. In those years with an extra month, we have an Adar I and Adar II. Through this additional month, the calendar is recalibrated.

The beginning of February will mark the beginning of Adar I. Normally the start of Adar means a rush to get ready for Purim, and ultimately Passover. Yet, this year, the start of Adar I means a slower pace for the next few months. Purim is not right around the corner, and there is more time to think about Purim costumes, perfect our hamantaschen recipes, and prepare mishloach manot. There is time to linger in the preparation and even enjoy and appreciate the mundane tasks and small details.

 

Rabbi Loren Monosov