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02.13.2008 | Comments(0)

Forget St. Valentine. What about Adar?

Sure, Valentine's Day is coming up--despite opposition in Saudi Arabia, India and elsewhere.

But did you know we slipped into Adar without even knowing it?

That's Adar, the Jewish month. It's considered the luckiest month in the Jewish calendar because it contains the feast of Purim.

The Talmud says, "Whoever enters Adar increases their level of joy." So... did you feel it?

This year contains a "leap month," creating both Adar I and Adar II. Confused? Jesus wouldn't have been.

The Faithhacker blog over at points to a succinct explanation of lunar calendar stuff and why Jews just need an extra month sometimes:

"On a 12 lunar month calendar, the month of Nissan, which is supposed to occur in the Spring, would occur 11 days earlier each year, eventually occurring in the Winter, the Fall, the Summer, and then the Spring again. To compensate for this drift, an extra month was occasionally added."

Got it now?

[Posted simply for your continuing edumacation]

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