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Purim Katan

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Purim Katan: (lit. “Minor Purim”); semi-festive day in the intercalated first month of Adar in a leap year, whose date corresponds to the date in which Purim is actually celebrated that year in the following month of Adar
Background: Why Is There a 13th Month? The Torah commands us to keep a lunar calendar. See Exodus 12:2. A lunar cycle is approximately 29.5 days, and a year of 12 lunar months contains 354 days. Jewish months alternate between 29 and 30 days in length. A ...
On the essence of the “Little Purim”
It could have been the most joyous day of the year. Instead, “Little Purim” is an almost ordinary day, with no special observances associated with it. Almost, but not quite . . .
Contemporary Halachah and Shulchan Aruch
The first section of the Code of Jewish Law, Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, concludesCh. 697. with the laws concerning the 14th and 15th day of Adar I (an event that occurs during a Jewish leap year, when there are two months of Adar, Adar I and Adar II). ...
Address to Children, 14 Adar I, 5741 • February 18, 1981
Torah emphasizes the advantage of “smallness”: Jacob was “the small one.” And we are all preparing to greet Moshiach, son of David, and “David is the smallest.” On a leap year we celebrate a ‘Small Purim’ As well as a ‘Small Shushan Purim’.
According to the Jewish calendar, a second month of Adar is added in a leap year. While Purim is usually celebrated in Adar, during a leap year it is postponed until the second Adar, and we mark Purim Katan—“the small Purim”—in the first month.
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