Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
(Wed) 22 May 2019 : 17 Iyyar 5779
Learn about the Hebrew month of Iyyar(אייר)
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...Read About This Month View This Month
During the month of Nisan, two mighty acts of salvation transpired: the Exodus from Egypt, when the people of Israel was delivered from slavery, and the death and resurrection of the Righteous One, Messiah Yeshua. The Exodus serves as the quintessential paradigm for God's salvation. It was there in the midst of slavery and oppression that the family of Jacob miraculously grew into the nation of Israel. Even when the majority of God's people could not see His hand in the circumstances they found themselves in, God raised up a prophet who led them to a deliverance they never thought...
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...