Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
(Sat) 21 May 2022 : 20 Iyyar 5782
Learn about the Hebrew month of 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...Read About This Month View This Month
As we come to the end of the cycle of months, you might make a double take at your Jewish calendar. No, it's not a typo or negligent editing. There are sometimes two months of Adar. Yes, it is true. Why? Because there are 7 leap years every 19 years in the Jewish calendar, and every leap year, the month of Adar is doubled. In order for Passover to fall during the spring,1 it is necessary to add a month to the calendar every so often to keep Passover from sliding back into winter. Imagine leaving Egypt in the already...
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:3) The month of Shevat, the 11th month on the Jewish cycle of months, begins the turn from winter to spring in Israel. This is the time of year when the earliest blooms appear on some trees. The fifteenth day of this month is called Tu b'Shevat and is celebrated as the New Year for trees. It is a day to give thanks for the abundance that the Lord...
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...