Tamuz and Av
Kislev and Tevet
About This Text
One of the most important and oft-quoted of the classic Chassidic texts. It discusses mystical aspects of the Sabbath and festivals, and is arranged according to the months of the year. The author writes that the title of the work is based on the verse (I Chronicles 12:33) "Of the Issacharites, men who knew how to interpret the signs of the times," alluding to the book's explanation of the Jewish festivals. According to a tradition handed down in the author's family, an additional reason why it was so named is because the author was informed by his teacher (the Chozeh of Lublin) that he was a descendant of the tribe of Issachar.
Author: Tzvi Elimelech Spira of Dinov
Composed: c.1820 - c.1840 CE