The Jewish Calendar: History and Inner Workings
Discover How to Create Your Own Jewish Calendar
There is a legend that two weeks before the Exodus, God showed Moses the moon's proper shape when it first appears as a thin crescent--the New Moon--and taught him the rules of the Jewish calendar, a lunisolar calendar, where months are measured by the moon and seasons regulated by the sun.
Beginning in the late second century BCE, the rabbinic leadership augmented the observational calendar with numerical calculations as verification, but by the mid-fourth century CE, owing to the suppression of Judaism and persecution of Jews by the predecessor of the Holy Roman Empire, the rabbis divulged the secret rules of the calculated calendar.
During the long arc of Jewish history, the Jewish people, living in numerous lands, enduring many strange cultures, and conducting their lives under the influence of foreign calendar systems as slaves, aliens, and self-rulers, did not surrender their religious calculated calendar.
Author and award-winning teacher Fred Reiss, simplifies the sophisticated Jewish calendar, explaining its rules and their complex interconnections, and using simple arithmetic teaches the interested reader to construct Jewish calendars for any year, past, present, and future.
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Most religions deny the truth of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Yet, they cannot deny that their own religions have evolved. Surely, a member of a religious sect cannot believe that others in the faith practiced the same way fifteen hundred years ago, or a thousand years ago, or even 500 years ago, as he or she does today. When we speak of Kabbalah today, we think of such concepts and ideas as: Adam Kadmon, the Shekhinah, the Tree of Life, the Four Worlds, and so forth. These are not present in Sepher Yetzira, the oldest known book on Jewish mysticism. Sepher Yetzira talks extensively about the sephirot, but their contents and framework are different than present-day Kabbalah. Even the concept of the Ayn Sof is far less polished than it is at present. The Hebrew letters as creative forces, not affective characteristics, is a key to understanding Sepher Yetzira, . But, you’ll not find this in today’s Kabbalah. Kabbalah has evolved, and as it evolved the original foundations and perspectives, which enabled it to grow and thrive are now lost. In Ancient Secrets of Creation, I have endeavored to capture the ancient meanings and contexts of the schemes it presents, basing my translations on texts and ideas that existed during or before the the authorship of Sepher Yetzira.
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