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Bnei Yisaschar: The Months of Tammuz and Av
There are 12 different Tzirufim (combinations) to write the Shem Hashem (Yud, Hey, Vuv, and Hey). Each month has its own tziruf which captures the essence of that month. The Bnei Yissachar says that the reason for the tziruf for Tammuz which is Shem Hashem with the letters in reverse order (Hey, Vuv, Hey, and Yud) is because the entire month is controlled by the midah of din and the name of Hashem in its proper sequence (the name of rachamin) is completely hidden from us.
Even from Rosh Chodesh Tammuz until 17 Tammuz were bad days as the meraglim were traveling on their disastrous mission to Eretz Yisroel. The pasuk where this tziruf can be found is in Megilas Ester where Haman complains about Mordechai and says about his wealth "V'Chol Zeh Einenu Shoiveh Li". The last letters spell this Shem Hashem.
The tziruf for Av is (Hey, Vuv, Yud, and Hey) where the first two letter are the last two letters backwards (Hey-Vuv) since the first half of the month is a terrible time but the last to letters (Yud-Hey) are in the correct order since after 15 of Av the month takes a turn for the better and the lights of tshuva start to shine leading up to the days Elul and Tishrei.
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