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Vayakhel, 19 Adar I 5779
February 24, 2019

During a Jewish leap year we have two months of Adar. The first Adar is an extra month, however the energy that is characteristic of Adar does not really begin to flow until Adar II begins. You may wonder how this is possible. Unlike the common calendar used by most of the world, the Jewish calendar is based on three astronomical phenomena: the rotation of the Earth on its axis (1 day); the revolution of the moon around the Earth (1 month); and the revolution of the Earth around the sun (1 year). Originally our calendar was based solely on the lunar cycle, however that poses a problem since there are approximately 12.4 lunar months in every solar year. That means that the 12-month lunar calendar would be about 11 days shorter than a solar year and a 13-month lunar is about 19 days longer than a solar year. So Nissan, for example, which is supposed to occur in the Spring would eventually occur in the Winter, the Fall, the Summer, and then the Spring again. The same thing would happen with a 13-month calendar but faster in the opposite direction. In ancient times, an extra month was added by the Sanhedrin observing the conditions of the weather, crops, and livestock in order to make sure that Pesach occurred in the Spring. Hillel II established a fixed calendar based on mathematical and astronomical calculations in the 4th century. It standardized the length of months and the addition of months over the course of a 19 year cycle, so that the lunar calendar realigns with the solar years. Adar I is added in the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th and 19th years of the cycle. On Thursday night we will begin Adar Sheini (II), which is the true month of Adar and during which we will celebrate Purim. May we be blessed to experience the joy of Oneness and the healing that comes from this new month.

Shavua tov,


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Parashat Pekudei
Torah Portion:
Shemot (Exodus) 38:21-40:38

Haftarah:
Melachim Alef (I Kings) 7:40-50

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The Month of Adar II
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Join Us For Purim
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