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Q&A: The Jewish Calendar

Why is it different and what is its significance?

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Visitor Comments: 5

(4) Barbara, November 3, 2017 8:57 AM

Something that puzzles me is that Just before Jacob died he blessed each of his sons by name. Before Moses died he blessed each of the tribes by name, but he omitted Simeon. Do you think there was a reason or could it have just been an omission in printing?

(3) Louise Burnell, November 3, 2017 12:38 AM

Keeping the Faith

I am Trustee of a Trust that was Originated with Jews. Third Parties breached orders which interferred with the Trust. How does one forgive someone (third parties) for interfering with the sanctity of Trusts made under Jewish Law.

(2) Martin Walker, November 2, 2017 5:06 PM

Question re the calendar marking the Exodus

Understood that the calendar fixes the celebration of the Exodus, but does it not start with Rosh Hashana in the autumn to mark the birth of the human race? Does not Pesach get placed in the spring to signify new life after slavery in Egypt - and to coincide with the spring harvest?

Mordechai Becher, November 3, 2017 2:40 PM


We mark the creation of humanity on Rosh Hashanah and the creation of the Jewish people on Passover. The months are numbered from the Exodus, with Passover in the first month of the year.

(1) Ed Gaglardi, November 2, 2017 3:50 PM

ancient calculations of days

Is it possible to calculate in which years the Sabbath fell on the 16th of Abib (Nissan) between 15AD and 35 AD?
If so, could you please tell me the years?
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