Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.

The Tabernacle Times
____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____ December 2013 _________________ Kislev - Tevet 5774 _________________ Volume 8 Issue 12_____

The Jewish Calendar

Rabbi & Brenda
by Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda Storch
  A few years ago, I was in a synagogue, and I overheard one man ask another, "When is Hanukkah 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.

Background and History

The Jewish calendar is based on three astronomical phenomena: the rotation of the Earth about its axis (a day); the revolution of the moon about the Earth (a month); and the revolution of the Earth about the sun (a year). These three
  phenomena are independent of each other, so there is no direct correlation between them. On average, the moon revolves around the Earth in about 29½ days. The Earth revolves around the sun in about 365¼ days, that is, about 12.4 lunar months.

The civil calendar used by most of the world has abandoned any correlation between the moon cycles and the month, arbitrarily setting the length of months to 28, 30 or 31 days.

The Jewish calendar, however, coordinates all three of these astronomical phenomena. Months are either 29 or 30 days, corresponding to the 29½-day lunar cycle. Years are either 12 or 13 months, corresponding to the 12.4 month solar cycle.
            (Continued on Page 2)

Inside This Month's Issue:

High Holy Days Torah Overview Ministries of The Tabernacle
Or Ha Olam
Torah Portions Coming Events Beit Midrash
Kosher Korner Now! View Praise and Worship Services, plus Rabbi Jeremy's Messages ONLINE!
Click Here!
Business Directory
NEED PRAYER? Email The Tabernacle Prayer Chain: Prayer@TheTabernacleInBranson.com
Find out what's happening at The Tabernacle anytime! Visit..... www.TheTabernacleInBranson.com

The Tabernacle Times Archives

The Tabernacle in Branson The Tabernacle is an outreach of Tabernacle of Praise Ministries, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Tabernacle is led by Messianic Rabbi Jeremy Storch and is located in Branson, Missouri. If you have questions or comments, please email us at: info@TheTabernacleInBranson.com. Visit The Tabernacle Website at www.TheTabernacleInBranson.com.
To Donate
.