Hillel Chai Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Kislev


The Month of Kislev According to The Book of Formation (Sefer Yetzirah)

Each month of the Jewish year has a corresponding color, a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a zodiac sign, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, a sense, and a controlling organ/limb of the body.

Kislev is the ninth of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar.

Kislev is the month of Chanukah--the only holiday in the Jewish calender which spans, and hence connects, two months: Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev and concludes in the month of Tevet (either on the 2nd or 3rd, depending on the number of days in Kislev).

The name Kislev derives from the Hebrew word for "security" and "trust." There are two states of trust, one active and one passive, both of which are manifest in the month of Kislev (see Bitachon, confidence). The miracle of Chanukah reflects the active trust of the Chashmonaim (Maacabim) to stand up and fight against the Hellenistic empire (and its culture). Kislev's sense of sleep reflects the passive trust that G-d's providence always guards over Israel.

In the tradition of Chassidut, the 19th day of Kislev, the day of the release and redemption of Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the author of the classic text of Chassidut, the Tanya (the disciple of the Magid of Mezerich, the successor of the Ba'al Shem Tov) from prison (where he was placed for the dissemination of the innermost mysteries of the Torah) is referred to as "the New Year of Chassidut" (implying that it is through the spiritual channel of this day that the inner wisdom of Chassidut and the power in integrate this wisdom into one's daily life is brought down into this world). The foundation of the way of Chassidut is absolute trust and faith in G-d's omnipresence and the omnipotence of His Divine providence.

In Hebrew:

Color: Blue-Violet  

  Letter: samech

The name samech means "to support" (for more on the letter samech, see here). The experience of feeling supported corresponds to the trust and confidence in Divine providence associated with the month of Kislev, as described above. So do we find expressed in Psalms: "G-d supports (somech) all the fallen and lifts up all the bent over;" "Even when he falls he will not be let to fall to the ground, for G-d supports (yismoch) his hand."

The shape of the samech is a circle, which represents the all-encompassing omnipresence of G-d and His providence. The "great circle" of G-d's Infinite light is explained in Kabbalah and Chassidut to reflect His "right arm" which embraces (and supports, from beneath) with great, infinite love all of reality, as is said: "And from beneath, the arms of the universe."



November 30th at Place des Arts

In one month we have raised $2700+ in ticket sales for the ORT gala. 100% of the dollars that we bring in will be reissued to Hillel. Our goal is to bring in another $5000 before the end of the month. With your support we can achieve this. As an added incentive, we may be eligible for matching funds, over the amount we raise, if we sell more tickets. Please spread the word and join us at what will surely be a great show.

For more information on the band go to www.bluerodeo.com


To purchase tickets in support of Hillel Montreal please go to the link below, fill it out and either email or fax it to the ORT office.  Please use this form as it will give Hillel the recognition for the sale. 

https://www.hillel.ca/media/mediaContent/Blue Rodeo Hillel Order Form.doc


For more event information click here http://www.ortmontreal.org/includes/files/2010_Gala_flyer.pdf


Hillel Montreal Open-House

On Tuesday October 26th, Hillel Montreal hosted an open-house for Montreal Jewish not-for-profits at The Jack Reitman Hillel House. The event gave Jewish student leaders in CEGEP and university the opportunity to learn about these organizations and find out how to get involved. The night was a success.  Many connections were established and we look forward to keeping you updated on our students' volunteerism.



In mid October, 40 students in leadership positions from Hillel Montreal gathered at Le Montagnard in Sutton, over a Shabbat. The intent of the retreat was to build meaningful relationships and share requisite leadership skills.  We achieved that and so much more.  The leaders who participated were enthusiastic about how they can affect their peers.  Each conversation led to multiple programming ideas.  The student leadership is ready to be the difference.  This was so successful that we are already planning for next year.

Shabbat a Centre Hillel

Vendredi dernier le Centre Hillel a accueilli chaleureusement et dans une super ambiance le premier Shabbat de l'année Et ce fût un incroyable succès!  Étudiants locaux et internationaux se sont retrouvés autour d'un excellent repas et on fait connaissance grâce aux animations organisées par des étudiants eux mêmesEncore une fois, le Centre a su démontrer sa capacité à rassembler les étudiants Français, Marocains, Québecois, Canadiens et à devenir une maison pour celles et ceux qui sont loin de la leur.  Le prochain épisode Shabbatique va être le 19 Novembre prochain à 7.30.




The Concordia Student Union (CSU) made a huge statement in announcing PEACE WEEK last month. In a school that has been filled with years of controversy, the CSU brought in Elie Wiesel to speak to more than 600 students, including many Hillel students. Wiesel's message was that students should be working together, advocating for human rights and preventing genocides around the World. While the CSU took some criticism by anti-Israel groups for bringing in Wiesel, they concluded that Wiesel was in fact the appropriate Nobel-laureate to launch this week.


This year Holocaust Education Week (HEW) took place from October 18th-October 22nd. For the first time ever, all Hillels on the English-speaking campuses took part in HEW. On the 18th, in order to commemorate those who perished, students did a reading of the names at the McGill crossroads. John Abbott had Mrs. Rena Schondorf, a survivor, come to speak to their students. Both of these campuses, along with Dawson, Marianopolis and Concordia, ran the bead project during the week, allowing students to create bracelets in order to spread awareness. The bracelets that students could make each had 7 different colored beads on them. Six of the beads represented different groups of people who perished in the Holocaust (yellow=Jews, purple=homosexuals, red=prisoners of war, Brown=gypsies, green=children, black=disabled) and then the seventh and final bead, the blue bead, represented all other genocides.

Aside from tabling on campus we had a bunch of events that were open to students citywide. On the 18th, we had a screening of the movie "Sometimes in April" followed by a discussion with Eloge Butera, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. On the 20th, we had a discussion about "Wrestling with Faith during the Holocaust" led by Rabbi Reuben Poupko. On the 22nd, as a culmination of HEW, we had our annual Survivor Shabbat dinner. This year the dinner took place in Cote-Saint-Luc at the Beth Israel Beth Aaron Synagogue. 250 participants, including 30 Survivors,attended.