Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
(Fri) 26 August 2016 : 22 Av 5776
Learn about the Hebrew month of Av(אב)
Solemnity and joyfulness are two emotional states that are normally exclusive to one another. However, in the month of Av we experience both as a part of the calendar. On the subject of the aspect and enormity of the month's solemn nature, Av begins in the middle of the three weeks, a period of mourning from the 17th day of Tammuz until the 9th day of Av. This period of time is also called "Bein haMetzarim" ("between the straits"). The significance of this time is that it, as we discussed last month, was the return of the scouts or spies...Read About This Month
The month of Tammuz is upon us. It is as if we blinked our eyes and we were already through the spring festivals. Now it is time to move forward into the long summer months. There are a little less than four months from the end of Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks) until the beginning of the High Holy Days in the fall. Imagine a set of loving and caring parents, the kind that would bend over backward and provide for their children's needs ahead of their own. How absurd would it be if their children, who lacked nothing began...
Last month brought us the daily counting of the Omer, which started during the Festival of Unleavened Bread and ends this month at Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks. The month of Sivan, which is the third month on the biblical calendar, has several events that are remembered. With the recounting of the story of Ruth, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, and the empowering of the believers as recorded in the book of Acts, this month is full of events that are remembered. It is a good and healthy practice to remember events, relationships, and the words of...
It has been several weeks since we celebrated Passover and Unleavened Bread, the time commemorating our Exodus from slavery to Pharaoh and the redemption we have received from HaShem, both from Egypt and by Messiah. We are now well into the counting of the omer, which is the process to count 49 days or 7 weeks from the time of Unleavened Bread until the time of Shavuot or Pentecost (Lev. 23:15). The omer was a measured amount. In this case it was the amount of harvested barley that was brought to the Temple. So now we have turned our backs...