The Six Seasons?

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After the flood,God makes a promise to Noach (Breisheet 8:22): “Continuously, all of the days of the earth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease”.


During the flood, the cycle of the seasons was halted. God now promises Noach that the world will return to its natural order with six seasons.


Why are there six seasons instead of the four that we usually speak about?


In the Gemara in Bava Metzia 106b we learn that each agricultural season has two months: planting, winter, cold, harvest, summer and hot.


There are different opinions as to which date the cycle of these seasons begins. According to Rabbi Shimon these six seasons start at the beginning of Cheshvan.


Today and tomorrow are Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan. As we read Parsha Noach tomorrow we will literally see the world restart its cycle. Just this past week in the Land of Israel we felt the “hot” season winding down (hopefully!) and we feel a little bit of fall in the air.


Just a month after Rosh Hashana we now have another opportunity for renewal, another chance to begin again.