Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
(Wed) 28 September 2022 : 3 Tishrei 5783
Learn about the Hebrew month of Elul
Elul is the sixth calendar month of the biblical calendar year. It is also the last month of the civil year when counting from Tishrei. The name "Elul" is the Babylonian name of the month. The Bible also refers to this month as Elul, as in Nehemiah 6:15, "So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul..." Because of the approaching new year and the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the month of Elul is focused on repentance and reconciliation. Special prayers called Selichot (forgiveness) are recited during this month. These...Read About This Month View 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...
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.
Nisan, passover, pesach, seder, four cups,
In this, the beginning of months, we will have many opportunities for practically living out the words of the Scripture. We will be able to prepare for Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and to begin the counting of the omer. We are also able to recount the time when the Lamb of God was sent to take away the sin of the world. As stated above, there is so much that could be written about the month of Nisan (a.k.a. Aviv, which literally means ripe and by extension springtime). This article will speak mostly of one aspect of the...