A Sacred Time
The tribe that relates to the month of Cheshvan is Menasheh. The deeper works reveal that Menasheh has the same letters as neshamah, the Hebrew word for soul. The root of Menasheh is the same as neshiyah, which means to forget—the human condition of the entropy of consciousness.
As native citizens of the material world, it’s all too easy for us to feel that this is our permanent home. It’s easy to forget that we’re only here for a short while, on a mission to nourish our souls, our neshamos.
Cheshvan is the time when we can get energized to work against our natural forgetfulness; what fuels us is the light that we’ve internalized from the holidays of the previous month. That trace within us is enough to help us stay conscious as the world starts to enter its phase of dormancy and sleep.
Reb Nosson writes that every person is given exactly enough time to do what is necessary to his mission in life. We have no superfluous moments, nor do we have a second too little. Let’s begin to use our time to figure out what it is we are slated to do here, and do it!