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The Jewish Months

The Jewish Months

Familiarize Yourself with the Jewish Months and their Important Dates

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It is called “the month of repentance,” “the month of mercy” and “the month of forgiveness.”
Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish year, bridges the summer and autumn months. It is a time for renewal and introspection as we begin a new year.
This is the time to take the inspiration and all that we gained in the month of Tishrei and integrate it into our lives, learning how to balance the spiritual and the physical elements of our lives in unison and harmony.
Kislev is best known for the holiday of Chanukah and the New Year of Chassidism.
This month begins with the last days of Chanukah. By internalizing the message of the ever-increasing lights of the menorah—reminding us of the power of good over evil—we are able to reveal the good which is hidden in our lives and in the world around us.
The high point of the month is Tu B’Shevat—the New Year for trees. This month also contains two important dates on the chassidic calendar.
The spirit of Purim permeates the entire month, making it a time of unparalleled rejoicing and good mazal (fortune) for the Jewish people.
This month, Adar l, is an added month in the Jewish leap year. This year is a shanah meuberet (lit., “a pregnant year”), more commonly known as a leap year, on the Jewish calendar.
It is in this month that we celebrate the eight-day holiday of Passover.
Each day of Iyar represents another step in this spiritual journey toward Sinai.
In the month of Sivan we celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, when the Torah was given by G‑d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago.
Rosh Chodesh, literally the “head of the month,” is celebrated as a minor holiday.
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