The Seventh of Adar was the day on which Moshe Rabbeinu was born, and also the day on which he died, exactly 120 years later. Tzadikim were often given the ability to completely live out their years. It is written that Moshe passed away through the “Kiss of Hashem.”

When the Jewish people left Egypt, all the Jews were busy gathering the riches from the Egyptians – all except for Moshe, who was occupied with searching for the hidden coffin of Yosef in order to transport it to the Land of Israel for burial. Moshe sacrificed the opportunity for great wealth in order to ensure that Yosef would receive the burial he deserved. The Gemara tells us that, as a reward for this mitzvah, Moshe was honored by ultimately being buried by Hashem Himself.

The yahrzeit of Moshe Rabbeinu is celebrated annually on the Seventh of Adar. It is customary to light a candle in his merit. In addition, it is a custom to fast on this day and say the tikun. Just as the death of a tzadik provides atonement, so does fasting with repentance. One can also increase the giving of charity on this day in exchange for the fast.

Many people visit the k’varim of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the Arizal, Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov, and Rebbe Nachman of Breslov on this day, since it is believed that Moshe Rabbeinu was reincarnated as parts of their souls. On a leap year, Moshe’s birthday and yahrzeit are commemorated on the Seventh of Adar I. However, the spiritual aspect behind the auspicious day applies to both the Seventh of Adar I and the Seventh of Adar II.

Haman thought that because Moshe died on the Seventh of Adar, it is a month that the Jews don’t have “luck” and therefore fitting for it to be chosen as a month to destroy the Jewish people. What he didn’t know was that the Seventh of Adar was also the day that Moshe was born.

 

List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah
(a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.

Yossi Azriel ben Chayah Michal

Aviel ben Ktziyah Batyah

Eliyahu ben Sophia

Mordechai ben Rachel Anba

Nissim ben Devorah

Ezra ben Farida

Yossi ben Vardit

Yaakov ben Mazal

Nissan ben Yael

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Eliyahu ben Miriam

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Moshe ben Rachel

Gavriel ben Imo-Shalom

Marik ben Tamara

Yitzchak ben Chanom Chanah

Yosef ben Leah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Shalom Baruch ben Malkah Freida

Ilay Eliezer ben Rivah Rivkah

Misha Moshe ben Tamara

Meir Yaakov ben Esther

Shlomo Hartzel ben Eka

Chaim Zanvil ben Sarah Dinah

Reuven HaKohen ben Golda

 

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Alizah bas Miriam

Shoshanah Shurah bas Zina

Luna bas Rachel

Malkah bas Miriam

Malkah bas Reicha Shifrah

Adele bas Adi

Evon bas Sally

Karen bas Rachel

Chavah bas Sarah

Brachah Chanah bas Sarah

Tovah Chanah bas Sarah Devorah

Rachel bas Edith

Chanah Elianah bas Naomi

Gittel bas Malkah

Mira Gitta bas Beila Mariasha

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