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The Lunar Cycle The Jewish calendar is based on lunar cycles. The lunar cycle which the Jewish calendar follows is called a synodic month—not to be confused with the sidereal month, the amount of time it takes for the moon to complete an orbit around the ...
In the pre-Babylonian era, we find in the Scriptures only four months on the calendar that are identified by name: The first month (Nissan): Aviv Exodus 13:4. Literally, “spring” or “ripening.” The second month (Iyar): Ziv I Kings 6:1 and 6:37. Literally,...
For the Tabernacle, we were encouraged contribute to our heart's desire.
For the Tabernacle, we were encouraged contribute to our heart's desire.
Rosh Chodesh
Jews keep time in a unique way; why the month begins with the new moon and the day with sunset.
On the essence of lunar time.
It was an eerie feeling as the orbit of the planets suddenly swung into reverse. The moon was no longer receiving and reflecting light; as though sucked inwards, radiance flowed from the moon to the sun...
Every Rosh Chodesh [New Moon Day] brings a unique new spiritual light.
Every Rosh Chodesh [New Moon Day] brings a unique new spiritual light.
Purim, as everyone knows, falls in the month of Adar. Actually, according to the Kabbalists, it's the other way around: Adar rises in Purim...
on the significance of Shabbat Mevarchim
A common way of regarding the calendar is as an expanse of 300-plus ordinary days "dotted" with festivals and dates of special import. To make this sea of days more managable -- and the special days easier to locate -- we chop up the year into twelve segm...
A profound presentation on the verses that segue into the very first Mitzvah we receive as a nation—the Sanctification of the Moon. Learning about our unique Jewish calendar, which incorporates a synergy balancing both the seasonal or solar calendar with ...
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