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Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.

Av TODAY: (Friday) 18 August 2017 : 26 Av 5777
Av
(Fri) 18 August 2017 : 26 Av 5777

The Consolation of Av

Learn about the Hebrew month of Av(אב)

The distress that began with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz intensifies as Rosh Chodesh Av appears in the sky. Last month, we remembered the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem. But during Av, the enemy struck the center of Jerusalem...

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TOPICSAv, consolation, fasting, judgment, mercy, Tisha B'Av


Previous Months

The Purpose of Fasting

Tammuz|תמוז

Tammuz is the fourth month of the biblical calendar year. "Tammuz" is the Babylonian name of the month. In the few times this month is referred to in Scripture, it is simply referred to as the "fourth month," as in Jeremiah 52:6: "On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land." Historically, Tammuz commemorates many tragedies for the people of God. As we just read, it was during this month that the final days of siege against Jerusalem came to a close....

TOPICSfasting, repentance, siege of Jerusalem, Tammuz, tragedies


The Harvest of Sivan

Sivan|סיון

As the Omer continues to be counted, we come to the third month on the biblical calendar. After the days of the Babylonian exile, this month took on the name Sivan, and is identified as such in Esther 8:9....Not long after Rosh Chodesh, the counting of the Omer is concluded and we come to the Feast of Weeks.

TOPICScounting of the Omer, firstfruits, giving of Torah, harvest, matan Torah, omer, Shavuot, Sivan


Traveling Toward Mount Sinai

Iyyar|אייר

Iyyar is the second month of the biblical calendar year. The name "Iyyar" is the Babylonian name of the month. The older biblical (or Canaanite) name of the month is "Ziv," as in 1 Kings 6:1, "In the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD." In the land of Israel, Iyyar is the first month of the dry season, but it certainly is not spiritually dry. The month of Iyyar is full of spiritual nourishment for believers. In the year...

TOPICSAscension, counting of the Omer, Iyyar, journey, nourishment, Shavuot