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Why do we blow the Shofar during the Month of Elul?

Hey “Moses,” I have got an important question for you! Why is it that starting from the month of Elul we begin blowing the Shofar? Indeed,...

When is a Yahrtzeit observed during a leap year?

There are three opinions in this matter: 1. The Yahrtzeit is observed in the second Adar (Beis Yosef).  2. The Yahrtzeit is observed in the...

What is a "leap year" in the Jewish calendar?

Every few years (seven out of every nineteen years) an extra (thirteenth) month is added to the year. This is because the lunar year is approximately...

Why do the Jews maintain a lunar calendar?

The first Commandment the Jews received, while they were yet in Egypt, was: “This month shall be to you the head of the months” (Exodus 12:2)....

Why does the Jewish day start at sundown?

A. Think about it--what makes more sense: for a new day to begin when the old day ends, or in the middle of the night? That’s basically why the...

How can I find dates of upcoming Jewish holidays?

A. No two years are the same. Every year is different--according to the Julian calendar, that is. Because the Jewish holidays are governed by the Jewish...

What are the names of the Jewish months?

Although the Jewish New Year is on the first of the Jewish month Tishrei (around September), the Torah refers to the Jewish months as beginning from...

What is special about the month of Elul?

On the first day of Elul, Moses went back up on Sinai for another 40-day stint to receive the second set of tablets.1 The first tablets were shattered by...

Why do we blow the Shofar every day during the month of Elul?

The sound of the shofar, Maimonides explains,1 is the call to Teshuvah. Teshuvah means returning to your true self. As we get closer to the High Holidays,...

What is the origin of the names for the Jewish months (Nissan, Tishrei...)?

According to the Jerusalem Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 1:2), the names of the months “went up with [the Jews] from Babylonia.” This is generally...