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Condensed from Ein Ayah, Shabbat 9:18

Introduce a New Era with a New Moon

Everyone agrees that the nation came to the Sinai Desert on Rosh Chodesh (first of the month). It says here, "On this day, they came to the Sinai Desert" (Shemot 19:1), and it says there, "This month is for you the first of the months" (ibid. 12:2). Just like there it was Rosh Chodesh, so too here it was Rosh Chodesh.
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Gemara: Everyone agrees that the nation came to the Sinai Desert on Rosh Chodesh (first of the month). It says here, "On this day, they came to the Sinai Desert" (Shemot 19:1), and it says there, "This month is for you the first of the months" (ibid. 12:2). Just like there it was Rosh Chodesh, so too here it was Rosh Chodesh.



Ein Ayah: The renewal of time renews the spirit of man, whether individually or nationally.

The preparations for the Exodus from Egypt, which was a great action of renewing the spirit of Israel from slavery to freedom, was aligned with renewal of time, which occurs with the new moon. For that reason, it was introduced with the Torah section referring to the connection between the Exodus and the new moon.

The same idea was true of the giving of the Torah, which was a renewal of the internal spirit. This also must have been connected to the renewal of time, as [the preparations] were introduced by saying that a new period had come, one which was more glowing, with life that was embarking on a renewal of the spiritual form in a lofty manner. "Just like there it was Rosh Chodesh, so too here it was Rosh Chodesh."
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