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Jewish Holidays

The Month of Sivan

June 26, 2006, by

“In the third month after the Exodus of the Jewish People from Egypt, on that very day, they came to the Desert of Sinai” (Shemot 19:1) Name of the Month “Sivan” is the Babylonian name of this month, as are all of the “official” names of the months in the Hebrew Calendar. In the Bible, […]

Rosh Chodesh Sivan

June 26, 2006, by

“In the third month after the Exodus of the Jewish People from Egypt, on that very day, they came to the Desert of Sinai” (Shemot 19:1) Special Biblical Significance of Rosh Chodesh Sivan Jewish Tradition says that “that very day” refers to Rosh Chodesh Sivan. About that day it is written, “And the People of […]

The Month of Iyar

June 26, 2006, by

The name “Iyar” is, like the others in the Hebrew Calendar, of Babylonian origin. The Torah itself refers to the month as the “Second Month,” with relation to Nisan, the First of the Months. It is also referred to in the Bible (Melachim Aleph, Ch. 6) as “Chodesh Ziv,” meaning the Month of Splendor.” This […]

Rosh Chodesh Iyar

June 26, 2006, by

Iyar and Rosh Chodesh Iyar, in Context of Year 1 Nisan (30 days) 2 Iyar (29 days – Rosh Chodesh always 2 days) 3 Sivan (30 days) 4 Tammuz 5 Av 6 Elul 7 Tishrei 8 Cheshvan 9 Kislev 10 Tevet 11 Shevat 12 Adar Biblical Significance of Rosh Chodesh Iyar The first Rosh Chodesh […]

The Month of Nisan

June 26, 2006, by

“Hashem said to Moshe and Aharon in the Land of Egypt, ‘This month shall be for you the beginning of the months; it shall be for you the first of the months of the year.’ ” (Shemot, 12:1-2) Explanation of the RAMBAN Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, a great thirteenth century Jewish scholar of Spain, later […]

Rosh Chodesh Nisan

June 26, 2006, by

“Hashem said to Moshe and Aharon in the Land of Egypt, ‘This month shall be for you the beginning of the months; it shall be for you the first of the months of the year.’ ” (Shemot, 12:1-2) The first commandment given by G-d to the Jewish People was to establish the beginning of the […]

Rosh Chodesh Tevet

June 26, 2006, by

The month of Tevet is the tenth in the number of months counting from Nisan. The name Tevet was acquired in Babylonia, as is the case with the names of the other Hebrew months. In the Scroll of Esther (Chapter 2) the month is referred to as, “the tenth month, which is the month of […]

Reflections on Teshuva

October 11, 2005, by

Rabbi Tzvi Flaum (Senior Rabbi, Congregation Knesset Israel, Far Rockaway, NY) visits Young Israel of Jamaica Estates to deliver an inspiring message of Teshuva, according to the Rav’s conceptual analysis.

Selichot prior to Rosh HaShanah (Part 2)

January 18, 2005, by

The custom of saying selichot (penitential prayers) during the Days of Repentance is quite an ancient one, and is mentioned already in the time of the Geonim, who lived only a few generations after the last Amoraim (sages of the Talmud). The Ran (commentary on the Rif on Rosh HaShanah 3a) mentions three different customs […]