Brought to you from the book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION
By Rabbi Karen L. Fox and Phyllis Zimbler Miller
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The appendix section entitled “The Jewish Calendar — A Different Cycle” from Seasons for Celebration: A Contemporary Guide to the Joys, Practices, And Traditions of the Jewish Holidays by Rabbi Karen L. Fox and Phyllis Zimbler Miller (with illustrations by Vicki Reikes Fox) begins:
The Jewish calendar is based on aspects of the solar and lunar calendars, which are different from the secular calendar based primarily on the solar calendar.
The beginnings and endings of each Jewish month are determined by the appearance and disappearance of the moon. Yet the beginning of each Jewish year is dependent on the earth’s position in relationship to the sun. The confluence of those two cycles form the Jewish calendar …