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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...

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...

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,...

Elul: A time to reinvigorate our spiritual selves
The Hebrew month of Elul is a time of spiritual preparation as we look forward to the imminent arrival of the High Holidays. There are several observances...

When and why do we recite Psalm 27?
Psalm 27 is recited twice daily from the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul through the Holiday of Sukkot1. (Not including Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah).The...

Why don't we bless the month of Tishrei on the Shabbat beforehand?
On the Shabbat directly preceding the month of Tishrei we do not bless the incoming month during the Shabbat prayers as is traditionally done on the...

Why are there two days of Rosh Hashanah even in Israel?
Rosh Hashanah is observed for two days, both in and out of Israel. Biblically speaking the Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is just one day:...

Why don't we mention Rosh Chodesh in the Rosh Hashanah prayers?
a. The verse says (Psalms 81:4), "Blow the shofar at the moon's renewal, at the time appointed ("bakeseh") for our festive day."...

Why do the Jewish holidays fall on different secular dates every year?
Rabbi Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?tracy: Hi there, I was wondering if you can tell me why the Jewish...

What is Kiddush Levanah?
Towards the beginning of every Jewish new month, we go outside, look at the new moon,1 and recite a special blessing. This ritual is called “Kiddush...

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