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Question 5.8:
What are the months of the Jewish Year?

Answer:

Note: This is based on material at http://www.rrz.uni-hamburg.de/rz3a035/jew_fest.html.

The Jewish calendar has its months determined on a lunar basis, and its years on a solar basis. As the lunar year consists of about 354 days and the solar year has 365.25 days, the lunar cycle must be adjusted to the solar calendar in order that Passover should always fall in the "month of Abib" (Deut. 16:1). This adjustment is made by having a leap year seven times in each nineteen-year cycle; specifically, in the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th years of the cycle. In a leap year, an extra month of Adar (Adar Sheni) is added into the calendar.

The months in the Jewish calendar are as follows:


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