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The Month of Adar
Simcha in the Shtetl - By <a href=''/k18913''>Chaim Leib Zernitsky</a>
Simcha in the Shtetl - By Chaim Leib Zernitsky

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.

The Jewish leap year, which occurs seven times in a 19-year cycle, has 13 months instead of the regular year’s 12. This is so that the lunar-based Jewish year (which is 354.37 days) should remain aligned with the solar year (365.25 days) and seasons.

It is important to keep the calendars aligned in order for the festivals to retain their positions relative to the seasons as prescribed by the Torah. The added month is called Adar I, and is inserted before the month of Adar (termed Adar II in leap years).

Adar is the official “happy month,” as is written: “As soon as Adar begins, increase in joy!” In a leap year, we have two months of extra happiness!

The festival of Purim, celebrated on Adar 14, is in Adar II in leap years, while the 14th of Adar I is marked symbolically as Purim KatanMinor Purim.

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Adar Calendar
Special Days in Adar I
7 Adar I Moses' Birth & Passing
Moses was born in Egypt on the 7th of Adar of the year 2368 from creation (1393 BCE). According to one opinion, the year of Moses' birth was a "
14 Adar I Purim Katan
In regular years, the 14th of Adar is Purim, the festival that celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman's evil decree in the year...
Jewish History In Adar I
6 Adar I
1989 Passing of R. Shmaryahu Gurary
Rabbi Shmaryahu Gurary ("Rashag") was born in 1898; his father, a wealthy businessman and erudite... Read More »
7 Adar I
1393 and 1273 BCE Moses' Birth & Passing
Moses was born in Egypt on the 7th of Adar of the year 2368 from creation (1393 BCE). According to... Read More »
8 Adar I
1674 Oath on Torah Permitted
In the 1660's the Jewish community of Barbados became established and of considerable importance. The... Read More »
14 Adar I
1393 BCE Moses' Brit
According to the opinions that Moses was born on the 7th of Adar I, today was the 8th day of his life... Read More »
17 Adar I
1565 Publication of Code of Jewish Law
Rabbi Yosef Caro published the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law. This concise codification of... Read More »
26 Adar I
1677 First Property Purchase in the US by Jewish Congregation
In 1658, fifteen Jewish families emigrated from South America to (what was to become) the United... Read More »
27 Adar I
1992 Rebbe Falls Ill
On the 27th of Adar I, 5752 (Monday, March 2, 1992), the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel... Read More »
Laws & Customs For Adar I
1 Adar I
Today is the second of the two Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") days for the month of Adar I (this... Read More »
This year is a shanah meuberet (lit., "a pregnant year") or a leap year on the Jewish calendar. The... Read More »
7 Adar I
Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah... Read More »
13 Adar I
Starting in the afternoon, Tachanun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are... Read More »
14 Adar I
In regular years, the 14th of Adar is Purim, the festival that celebrates the salvation of the Jewish... Read More »
15 Adar I
In regular years, the 15th of Adar is Shushan Purim, the festival that celebrates -- in Jerusalem and... Read More »
25 Adar I
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, each Jew contributed an annual half-shekel to the Temple.... Read More »
30 Adar I
Today is the first of the two Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") days for the month of "Adar II"... Read More »
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What Is Rosh Chodesh?
The Jewish calendar follows the lunar year. The renewal of the moon, marks the beginning of the month. Rosh Chodesh, which means ‘head of the month’ celebrates the start of a new month on the Jewish calendar.

Throughout history our light has waxed and waned. But even in utter darkness, it has never been extinguished.

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A Monthly Holiday for Women
The special connection between women and Rosh Chodesh harks way back to the episode of the Golden Calf, when the women refused to surrender their jewelry for use in making the idol. As a reward, they were given Rosh Chodesh as a special Holiday for women.

Rosh Chodesh celebrates the monthly renewal of the moon, after it wanes to the point of disappearance. Thus Rosh Chodesh celebrates the concept of perpetuity despite life’s peaks and plunges. It is the woman who through her steadfast faith that ensures our nation’s survival; it is she who ensures that no matter how much we wane, we will always be renewed.

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