Rosh Chodesh Iyyar / ראש חודש אייר



Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar. Iyyar (somtimes

transliterated Iyar) is the 2nd month of the Hebrew year.

Corresponds to April or May on the Gregorian calendar.



Celebration of the New Moon ( ראש חודש , literally “head of the month) is included in the commandments, something we may not have been taught in our earlier life. We should however get in practice, because in “the new heavens and the new earth” “from new moon to new moon” will we “come to bow down before” Him.
We may not have noticed, but the new moon is spoken of several times in Scripture:
1 Samuel 20:5; 1 Samuel 20:18; 1 Samuel 20:24; 2 Kings 4:23; 1 Chronicles 23:31; 2 Chronicles 2:4; 2 Chronicles 8:13; 2 Chronicles 31:3; Ezra 3:5; Nehemiah 10:33; Psalm 81:3; Isaiah 1:13; Isaiah 1:14; Isaiah 66:23; Ezekiel 45:17; Ezekiel 46:1; Ezekiel 46:3; Ezekiel 46:6; Hosea 2:11; Amos 8:5; Colossians 2:16.
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Special Events during this New Moon Cycle:


Yom HaShoah / יום השואה


Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day”), known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day and public holiday. It was inaugurated on 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of Nisan (April/May), unless the 27th would be adjacent to Shabbat, in which case the date is shifted by a day.



Yom HaZikaron / יום הזכרון


Israeli Memorial Day. Note that Hebcal displays modern holidays like Yom HaZikaron according to the Israeli schedule. Although Yom Hazikaron is normally observed on the 4th of Iyyar, it may be moved earlier or postponed if observance of the holiday (or Yom HaAtzma’ut, which always follows it) would conflict with Shabbat.


Yom HaAtzma’ut / יום העצמאות


Israeli Independence Day. Commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948. Note that Hebcal displays modern holidays like Yom HaAtzma’ut according to the Israeli schedule. Although Yom HaAtzma’ut is normally observed on the 5th of Iyyar, it may be moved earlier or postponed if observance of the holiday (or Yom HaZikaron, which always preceeds it) would conflict with Shabbat.


Lag B’Omer / ל״ג בעומר


Lag BaOmer (Hebrew: ל״ג בעומר), also known as Lag LaOmer amongst Sephardi Jews, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of Iyar. One reason given for the holiday is as the day of passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Modern Jewish tradition links the holiday to the Bar Kokhba Revolt against the Roman Empire (132-135 CE). In Israel, it is celebrated as a symbol for the fighting Jewish spirit.


Yom Yerushalayim / יום ירושלים


Jerusalem Day (Hebrew: יום ירושלים, Yom Yerushalayim) is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to thank God for victory in the Six-Day War and for answering the 2,000-year-old prayer of “Next Year in Jerusalem”.


Special Note:

On the 15th of the Month of Iyar, year 1727, the Jews were expelled from the Ukraine by the Russian Empress Catherine the first. The Second wife of Peter the Great…all Jews were expelled from the Ukraine. And what have we been hearing about the attempts to register the Jews in today’s Ukraine under Russian authority. History, never changes. Man is the same today as he was in the past and no doubt he will be the same way in the future.


Baruch HaShem

Bob Jackson – בוב ג’קסון




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