Moon Over Maui

A Jewish Mystical Journey through the Year

Forty-Seven, Forty-Eight, Forty-Nine … FIFTY!

Written By: Jueli Garfinkle - May• 24•12

We have counted—and continue counting—every day from the full moon of Nissan through to the sixth of Sivan (this Saturday night). The practice is—to the best of our ability—to count each moment, to use each day to be present, to awaken our sense of wonder, and to embrace the miracles surrounding us. Many people embrace this period of time as days of spiritual refinement, a practice begun by Kabbalists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The penultimate days of this journey unfold in these first days of the Sivan moon (May 22, 2012 through June 21, 2012). Sivan is the cycle of love, intimacy and connection. It’s no coincidence that there are a disproportionate number of weddings during the month of June/Sivan: the air is electric; the possibility—and probability—of true love touching you (nearly) certain.

Much of the call of Sivan is to open to receiving; opening to a more symbiotic partnership with the Divine. Some months, the partnership between the infinite and finite is more one-sided. Sometimes, for instance, we experience sudden openings, which are clearly inspired by something outside of our own effort (the Divine), including births, unanticipated opportunities, watercolor sunsets, sudden deaths, astonishing coincidences. Other months, we can’t sense anything beyond our own day-to-day living.

But during Sivan, we are touched and affected by a partnership of equals between the finite and the infinite

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. For any relationship to exist, both parties must come forward and participate.  “That which was above came down, and that which was below climbed up” (Exodus 19:20). During Sivan, heaven and earth meet in the middle. The Divine and Human come together in harmony and union. One does not exist without the other.

During the Sivan moon cycle, open yourself to the knowledge that you count. You are essential. The relationship between human beings and the Divine doesn’t exist without YOU! It’s not an easy acknowledgement to accept, but under the Sivan moon, practice bringing yourself at least to the possibility.

Spend the days of Sivan opening to the Divine partnership between yourself and the Infinite One. Use your breath as the link between these two worlds. Your breath and your soul as intricately connected as your inhalation and exhalation. Without one, you don’t have the other.

There’s an old Tic Tac mints commercial that illustrates the relational quality of your breath. It went like this: “Every time you exhale, remember someone. somewhere, is inhaling.” Your breath feeds the Universe, and the Universe fuels your breath. Every time you exhale, feel the Universe inhaling; every time you inhale, feel the Universe exhaling. Each is dependent on the other.


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