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  1. Feb 2005 Digest 031

    When we have an event at our temple, we list both the secular date as well as the Hebrew date. Some members have questioned the relevancy of listing the Hebrew date. I would appreciate your thoughts.
    600 members

  2. Feb 2005 Digest 031

    In a nutshell, the yearly cycle of Jewish Holidays only makes sense in the context of the Hebrew calendar. All other life-cycle events are juxtaposed to these festivals.
    21 families

  3. Feb 2005 Digest 031

    I put Hebrew dates on my agenda for board meetings. We are a Jewish institution and for people to question the use of Jewish ideas, texts, symbols for anything connected to the synagogue is absurd.

  4. Feb 2005 Digest 031

    One reason to use Hebrew dates is as a learning opportunity--so that anyone trying to learn or understand the calendar, or even anyone trying to figure out when a loved one's yahrzeit should be observed, has an extra cue. I cannot imagine any reason not to list the Hebrew date; it shouldn't be very difficult to ignore if the reader's not interested.

    So, it might help a few people and it can't hurt anyone. Why not keep it?

    38 families

  5. Feb 2005 Digest 031

    I have a question about prayer that uses the civil rather than the Hebrew calendar. Does anyone know why in the weekday Amidah (in the traditional service) during the blessing for the annual crops, the date is December 4 or 5 when we change the wording of the blessing? When we change back, we use the Hebrew calendar, making the change on the third day of Pesach (second day in diaspora and Reform).

  6. Feb 2005 Digest 031

    [There is an answer to Frank’s question] in Isaac Klein’s, A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice, on p 23. The "petition" for rain in Birkat hashannim (as opposed to the "mention" of rain in G’vurot, as parsed by the Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud) begins sixty days after the autumnal equinox as calculated by the Rabbis. That's why it doesn't correspond to a fixed date on the Hebrew (lunar) calendar, but does correspond to a fixed date on the Gregorian (solar) calendar--Dec. 5 or 6, depending on whether the year is a leap year (Dec. 6 in leap years).

  7. Jan 2005 Digest 2005-24

    …to what extent [is the] Hebrew calendar…taught in your religious schools, and [does] your synagogue [require] children [to be] age thirteen on [the] Hebrew calendar before becoming bar/bat mitzvah…
    350 families

  8. Jan 2005 Digest 2005-24

    We have just begun to stress the Hebrew calendar to all of our congregants. Since our religious school has a total of two children, we thought we would include everyone else in the educational process. We have not required that a young person be thirteen according to the Hebrew calendar.

    Several years ago I took an on-line course about the Jewish calendar and found it interesting, albeit somewhat confusing. There is a very nice poster with the calendar on it that we recently purchased and now hang in the common room of the synagogue. I am sure that all of you have seen it. We now discuss each holiday in terms of its place and role in the calendar year. Our congregants appear to like this approach instead of trying to memorize the calendar by rote.



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