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An Overview of Jewish Months and Holidays

March 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Focus On Israel, Monthly Articles

1. Nisan ~ March-April
2. Iyyar ~ April-May
3. Sivan ~ May-June
4. Tamuz ~ June-July
5. Av ~ July-August
6. Elul ~ August-September
7. Tishri ~ September-October
8. Cheshvan ~ October-November
9. Kislev ~ November-December
10. Tevet ~ December-January
11. Shevat ~ January-February
12. Adar ~ February-March
13. (2nd Adar Sheini in a leap year)

Here, in America, we have celebrated the ringing in of our new year on December 31st and have had our New Year’s feasts and family get-togethers. May the year head be blessed and prosperous as you seek the will of the Lord and trust Him to guide and direct your ways.

In the Jewish culture, every holiday commences the evening before, as they reckon their days according to Genesis 1: 5…”and the evening and the morning were the first day.”

The Jewish month is based on the lunar cycle and begins on a new moon, or Rosh Chodesh. Rosh means new. Chodesh is Hebrew for moon. This explains the overlapping when compared to our months, which are based on a solar calendar. It also means the Jewish calendar must make up for approximately eleven days each year. In order to compensate for the difference and to keep the same feasts and holidays occurring around the same time, they have to add a day or two to certain months and account for a leap year (two months of Adar) every seven out of nineteen years.

January in the States is the month Shevat in Israel. The only celebration for that month occurs this year on January 30. It is Tu B’Shevat. It is known as the New Year for Trees.The word “tu” is actually the number 15 in Hebrew and was set aside in order to calculate the age of trees for the purpose of tithing. Leviticus 19:23-25.

A familiar holiday occurs on the 15th of Adar (March). It is the feast of Purim from the book of Esther. Purim is celebrated a month before Passover. (Our Easter) This year it will occur on February 27th at sundown.

Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nissan (April), and is the beginning of the celebration of three major feasts: Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of First Fruits. Passover will begin on March 30th (2010)

The next holiday is Yom Ha-Atzmaut, or the Jewish celebration of independence. In 1948, Israel was declared an independent state and it is observed on the 5th day of Iyyar (which will be the 19th of our April). There are several of these 20th Century Civil holidays, which we will explore as they come up.

We know Shavu’ot as the day of Pentecost, fifty days or seven weeks after the Passover feasts.

* Passover (Pesach) The Sacrificial Death of The Lamb, Yeshua
* The Feast of Unleavened Bread – His death and Burial
* Day of First Fruits – His Resurrection
* Fifty (50) Days or Seven Weeks later is the Feast of Weeks, Shavu’ot (Pentecost) when He sent His Holy Spirit. It will fall on May 19th.

The Fall Festivals are just as amazing in their implications. The period between Shavu’ot-the Feasts of Weeks, and Rosh HaShana-the Feasts of Trumpets is symbolic of the period between the beginning of the “church” age (Pentecost) until the regathering of the nation of Israel (Feast of Trumpets) when they will acknowledge Him as their Messiah. Could His Second Coming occur during the Fall Feasts?
Some interesting things to ponder:

* Rosh HaShana–the Feasts of Trumpets–The Calling of the Nation of Israel to repentance? (Rapture of the Body of Christ?)
* Yom Kippur–the Day of Atonement–The Return of Christ?
* Sukkot–the Feast of Tabernacles – Jesus Christ dwelling among His people as their Priest/King for a 1,000 year reign?

We’ll explore the meanings and Messianic implications as we get into each month. Holidays are an important part of Jewish life. Just as with each Shabbat, they are celebrated in a family setting. The father, or head of the home, reads the story behind the feast. The food is usually symbolic of the circumstances, and the children are instructed as to the meaning and participate in the decorations and enactments. They pray and worship together, in fact, most of their worship occurs in the home, the way God intended. If only they could see the true Messianic significance behind the feasts. May God soon open their eyes!

Mid Stutsman is a mother of twelve children and “Nana” to ten beautiful grandchildren. She lives with her husband, Fred, on their Centennial family farm in Northern Indiana. God’s amazing love is the breath of inspiration for her artwork and the passion behind her writing. Learn more about Mid on The Israel Connection, Mids Point of View Blog and Mids Point.

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