Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
(Mon) 27 March 2017 : 29 Adar 5777
Learn about the Hebrew month of Adar(אדר)
Before we begin the cycle of months again next month, we are privileged to remember and celebrate the events recorded in the Book of Esther. This celebration, which is in the middle of the month, is known as Purim, where the Holy One rescued the Jews from an evil decree. Also during this month, we remember the rededication of the temple after the Babylonian Exile. Ezra and Nehemiah led this Jewish return in rebuilding the temple with non-believers taunting them, but never the less, with the help of Hashem, they triumphed. On the third day of the month, Ezra and...Read About This Month
Shevat is the eleventh month of the biblical calendar year. "Shevat" is the Babylonian name of the month. In the Bible, it is referred to as both "the eleventh month" and "Shevat" (or Shebat), as in Zechariah 1:7, "On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah..." The month of Shevat contains a minor festival on 15 Shevat known as Tu B'Shevat. This day is one of four days considered to be a Rosh Hashanah (New Year) on the...
Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the universe, the Righteous Judge. (Traditional Prayer) The month of Tevet is one of the darker, lowly months of the year. It is the month in which the siege of Jerusalem began which ended in the destruction of the First Temple. Asarah b'Tevet, the tenth of Tevet is kept as a fast day in commemoration of this horrific event. Almost to help ease the remembrance of such an event, we enter this month still in celebration of the Holy One's victory through the Maccabees over the Greeks during Hanukkah. So, on the...
This is the month of Kislev. The temperatures in the land of Israel have begun to drop. Daylight hours dwindle away and the long, dark nights of Kislev begin. One cannot help but naturally feel slightly melancholy and glum during the winter seasons. Thankfully, God has given us many reasons to rejoice during this season. On the 25th of Kislev, the anniversary of the rededication of the Temple is celebrated for eight days. This festival is customarily known as Hanukkah. For thousands of years, the Jewish people have remembered the miracles God performed for the Maccabees. They were not only...