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What Is a Jewish Birthday?

What Is a Jewish Birthday?


Establishing a "Jewish calendar" was the first mitzvah (commandment) the Jewish nation received from G‑d. This unique calendar is based on the lunar month, but is occasionally adjusted so that it remains synchronized with the solar year and its seasons. (Click here for more about the Jewish calendar system.)

Thus from year to year, a date on the Jewish calendar will fluctuate with respect to other calendar systems, but will always remain in close proximity to its corresponding date on the commonly used Gregorian (solar-based) calendar. For example, if your civil birthday is on June 15th, your Jewish birthday will always be within a few weeks of that date. Click here to determine when your Jewish birthday will fall on any given year.

As individuals we celebrate those dates that have personal significanceYour Jewish birthday has dual significance: a) According to Jewish tradition, your mazal (good fortune) is dominant on your birthday. b) As a nation we celebrate those dates when special events that affected our destiny occurred, a.k.a. holidays. As individuals we celebrate those dates that have personal significance—and what is more significant than your birth? It is when the Creator said, "Here, I am giving you a body, a soul, and a divine mission. I have absolute trust in your ability to pull through for Me."

In 1988, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, inaugurated a "Jewish Birthday Campaign." He asked that we all utilize this most special day of our lives to its utmost. A day to recommit to the mission that G‑d entrusted to us—bettering and sanctifying ourselves and the world around us.

Click here for tips on celebrating your birthday Jewishly.

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Anonymous Ny, Ny via March 27, 2014

Rebbes establishing Jewish b-days It has not been a perfect world since the original sin . But , the Torah and the rebbes teachings of Torah values are the prescribed tikun necessary to correct the non perfect world-the closer we adhere to those principles the better off the world will be.
If people don't relate to the Jewish year of 5748 naturally then educate and guide them- in the same breath- -for instance you can write 5748 and in parentheses you can add(1988- )- that would stress the Jewish date as the rebbe urges and still afford a frame of reference for those who need. Reply

Menachem Posner Montreal, QC via March 27, 2014

RE: Jewish b-day Yes, in a perfect world, that would certainly be preferable. But many people are more comfortable with the common dating system and would have a hard time figuring out when 5748 was. Thus, writing 1988 makes for a simpler, smoother read. Reply

Anonymous Ny, Ny via March 25, 2014

Jewish b-day You say in 1988 the Rebbe inaugurated a"Jewish b-day" campaign- - on the spirit of the rebbes request shouldn't you have avoided referring to the year by the NON-Jewish date of 1988? Reply

Rob Benjamin Cape Town, South Africa September 14, 2010

conversion Is it not also true that if a soul belongs to the lost tribe, then it would find its way back to its home?

If so, then the only possible date where such a soul could "become" Jewish is when it came to earth, during its allocation to a physical body, as a newborn baby - the same as any other Jewish soul. In G-dly terms, the soul was created Jewish - and who knows when?

One could suppose that the moral of the story is that a convert does not make for a different kind of Jew, nor a different kind of Jewish soul. Reply

Menachem Posner for June 2, 2009

conversion In a letter, the Lubavitcher Rebbe advised that a convert celebrate the day that he/she became Jewish as his/her birthday. Reply

Serach Valentini CT, RSA June 1, 2009

conversion if you are a convert, when is your hebrew birthday? The hebrew date that corresponds with your actual birthday, or te day of your mikveh Reply

Menachem Posner, April 3, 2008

This was the portion of Torah which was read on the first Shabbat after you entered the world.

The entire week is a buildup toward Shabbat. So in effect, when you were born, we were preparing to internalize the messages contained in ‘your’ Torah portion.

The Baal Shem Tov taught us that everything which we see or hear serves as a lesson on how to serve G-d better. All the more so concerning the Torah lesson of that week.

Take a minute to read that portion with some of its commentaries and you will be surpried to see how you can connect it to yourself. Reply

Neil Skinner York, UK April 2, 2008

Birthdate and the Torah portion Hi

I've just calcualted my Jewish birthday and been informed that the Torah portion asociated with it is Tetzaveh.

Is the Torah portion associated with a birth date supposed to have some particular or special relevance for the person?

Thanks Reply

Cynthia St. Pete, FL April 2, 2008

I needed this Am going through a personal trial right now and have questioned whether I even want to wake up tomorrow. This came just when it was supposed to. Even the scripture attached fit the picture of my personal hell. I appreciate this. Reply

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