I am fascinated by history, and in browsing your website's Western Wall Tunnel Tour (http://www.aish.com/sem/wtt/). I was surprised by the dates of various events in Jewish history. According to your timeline, King...More
Happy New Year-
I am confused about some time frames. When is the Jewish New Year? Is it the month of Tishrei (Rosh Hashanah) or the month of Nissan (Passover)? In the Bible (Exodus 12:2), God says the first day of the year is in the...More
Historical Dating: Jewish versus Secular -
In learning through your excellent “Crash Course in Jewish History” (www.aish.com/jl/h/cc/), I notice that in referencing some historical dates, the Jewish dating system and the Christian dating system vary...More
Jewish Calendar System-
I'm confused every year when the High Holidays come out at the beginning of September, or the middle of the month, and sometimes in October. How does the Hebrew calendar correspond to the English calendar?
Names of Hebrew Months-
How did the Hebrew months get their names? When did the names of the months come about and to whom are they attributed?
Shiva Shortened by Yom Tov-
My father passed away two days before Rosh Hashana, and we only sat in mourning for two days rather than the customary seven. I never did get the straight story why is that? Apparently it has something to do with the...More
I understand that in Israel the secular New Year is referred to as "Yom Sylvester." Where does this name come from?
Three Pilgrimage Festivals-
The Bible speaks about the entire Jewish nation going to Jerusalem for the three pilgrimage festivals. Is that still practiced today?
Two Days of Yom Tov-
I live in England and want to know: Why do we celebrate one day of Yom Kippur, but two days of the other holidays? What's the difference?