Each lunar month in the Jewish calendar is associated with a sign of the zodiac: Aries is assigned to Nisan and has the keyword, in Hebrew, chaim or life;  Life is a fitting keyword for Nisan, the sign of spring, the season of renewal and new life.

Another interesting fact is that the word for ‘Nisan’ in Hebrew ‘ניסן’ has two letters that spell ‘נס’ the word for miracle — a hidden reminder that the miracle of Passover and the parting of the sea in the story in the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Exodus occurred in this month.

And the Lamb (or Ram), the zodiacal sign that represents Aries is also a reminder that the Jews were oppressed and enslaved to another people, who esteemed statues of stone as if they were endowed with life; they attributed the utmost importance to the idols, the statues and paintings depicting their ram-headed god.   The image of the Ram was transformed by the Jews into a symbol for Nisan, the month in which Passover is celebrated, the festival that memorializes the exodus from Egypt and release from spiritual, mental, and physical enslavement.

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