Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Jewish Calendar

Today is the 29th of Tevet 5771 according to the Hebrew calendar on my iPod. I've always loved calendars and thought using the Jewish calendar would bring a little more "Jewishness" into my life.
"When is Chanukkah this year?" The other man smiled slyly and replied, "Same as always: the 25th of Kislev." This humorous comment makes an important point: the date of Jewish holidays does not change from year to year. Holidays are celebrated on the same day of the Jewish calendar every year, but the Jewish year is not the same length as a solar year on the civil calendar used by most of the western world, so the date shifts on the civil calendar.-
I like this joke because it reflects the way I think and many others. It shows how, naturally, the civil calendar is my and many people's point of reference.  Judaism 101 provides a nice explanation about the Jewish calendar.

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