1. This month shall be the first month for you, it is the first of the months of the year for you. (Exodus 12:1)
  2. The world was created in Nisan. (Talmud Rosh Hashanah 11)
  3. Nisan is the month of liberation: in this month our forefathers were liberated, and in this month we are destined to be liberated.
  4. In this month our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were born.
  5. On the first of Nisan, the Tabernacle was erected (Exodus 40:2), and in Nisan the heads of the Tribes brought their offerings for the dedication of the altar.
  6. This month has three names:
    • the First Month;
    • the Month of Ripened Barley (i.e. the barley harvest);
    • Nisan (a Babylonian name).
  7. The first of Nisan is the New Year for five things: kings, pilgrim festivals, months, leap years and the half-shekel levy.
  8. The first tricklings of the liberation from Babylon arrived in Nisan, under Ezra and Nehemiah: For the first of Nisan was the beginning of the immigration from Babylonia. (Ezra 7:9)
  9. Nehemiah also received permission from the King to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the city and its walls on the first of Nisan (Nehemiah 2:1).
  10. It is the custom in Israel to request kimcha daPascha (donations for Pesach wheatflour) for the poor on the first of Nisan.
  11. The haftarah of ‘Shabbat Hagadol’, the first Israel had in Egypt, was on the 10th of Nisan.
  12. On the 10th of Nisan, on the thirty-ninth year after the Exodus, Miriam died, and there was no water for the people (Numbers 20).
  13. On the 10th of Nisan, Israel first set foot in the Promised Land – Eretz Yisrael (Joshua 4).




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