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Jewish Holidays

Nisan, Springtime and Birkat Ha’ilanot

April 2, 2019, by

Regarding the month of Nisan the Torah says: “Guard the month of springtime, and carry out the Passover offering for Hashem, your God; for in the month of the springtime Hashem, your God, took you out of Egypt at night.” This is the only time when the Torah links a month with a season. Why […]

Two Purims? A Deeper Look at the Jewish Calendar

February 6, 2019, by

The Rambam defines the mitzvah of kiddush hachodesh as sanctifying the month and intercalating the months to ensure that Pesach will always fall in the Spring. Hashem wants us to be partners in the creation of the calendar; a fixed calendar is less than ideal. Recorded at OU Israel’s L’Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women’s Event