Kenneth Cohen

The Month of Nissan

The month of Nissan, is a very special month of the year. It is known as חדש הגאולה, the Month of Redemption. Just as we were redeemed from Egypt in Nissan, the future Redemption will also come in this month.

During this entire month, we do not recite the Tachanun prayer, because of the joy felt all month. The first twelve days of the month, correspond to the special sacrifices offered by the heads of the tribes, when the Mishkan was dedicated.

The thirteenth of the month was a kind of “Isru Chag” with an additional day of celebration. The fourteenth of the month was actually Chag Hapesach, as it was the day when the Korban Pesach was prepared for the Seder.

The fifteenth to the twenty-second was technically “Chag Hamatzot,” which is really the Passover holiday. This was always a very joyous festival.

In the future, in Messianic times, there will be seven more days of celebration after the Pesach holiday.

This might explain why the Torah says, החודש הזה לכם, “this month is for you.” There certainly couldn’t be a better time than now for celebration and redemption.

As we say in the Haggada, “In every generation, there are enemies wishing to destroy us. But the Holy One Blessed be He, saves us from their hands.”

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at