Sunday, March 3, 2019

Rosh Chodesh (The Real) Adar Thursday and Friday

The official name for the upcoming Jewish Month is Adar Sheni/Bet, meaning the second Adar. That's because in ancient days, before there was a "set calendar," the months were announced when the first sliver of the "new moon" had been sighted.

In those days, if at the end of Adar, when it definitely didn't look like winter was over, they'd declare the new month to be an additional Adar. For "Jewish Leap Years," that name stuck. We have Adar Alef/Rishon/First and Adar Bet/Sheni/Second.

I'm a troublemaker, and I don't find those names good. I honestly think that now since we have a set calendar, we should be calling the extra month Shevat Bet/Sheni/Second, and it should come before a solitary Adar. But since I'm no Talmud Chacham, scholar, you'll only read this on my blog. Nobody I've ever mentioned it to knows of any Jewish scholar/sage who's said anything similar.

I hope you don't mind that I've written something that contradicts accepted Jewish theology.

Back to "business."

For well over a decade, I've been inviting women to join me at Tel Shiloh, Shiloh Hakeduma, for morning Rosh Chodesh Prayers. We sing Hallel out loud, but otherwise our prayers are silent, between us and Gd.

As we walk to and from the location believed to be where the Biblical Tabernacle had rested for three-hundred-sixty-nine years, we check out the latest discoveries, exchange Torah Words and more. Sometimes we celebrate special events together, too.

Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet we will doven together on Thursday, March 7, 2019, 8:30am.

כולן מוזמנות, תפילת נשים, ראש חודש אדר ב' , ל' אדר א', יום ה' ,7/03/2019 , 8:30, בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה

Shiloh Hakeduma is an officially recognized archaeological site, and there's even something more important. Biblical scholars and archaeologists agree that Shiloh, where I live, is the same as the Biblical Shiloh.

Here in Shiloh, yes, barely a mile from my house is the very place where the barren Hannah prayed for a son who would be dedicated to the Jewish People. He was Shmuel Hanavi, Samuel the Prophet.

Shiloh Hakeduma, Ancient Shiloh, is open on weekdays. You can just walk around or arrange for an official tour. There are also interesting events, especially during Passover and Succot. For more information, contact them directly at, or call 02-5789111.

For more information about our Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers, email, with "Rosh Chodesh" as subject.

I hope you'll be able to join us.

Chodesh Tov!
Have a Wonderful Month!
Adar is the Month of Joy 
and Very Pleasant Surprises!


Mr. Cohen said...

Many times I have said to you, Batya,
because I really mean it, that G*D
should grant the Jewish women of Tel Shiloh,
Shiloh HaKedumah, that their Rosh Chodesh
prayers and Tehillim should be answered
with the greatest possible blessings for
all of you, and for the entire Jewish People.

Many times I have said to you, Batya,
because I really mean it, that G*D should
grant the Jewish women of Tel Shiloh
who recite Rosh Chodesh prayers
and Tehillim that their numbers
should only increase and never decrease.


Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz

Refutes the BDS Movement:

“The goal of the BDS movement…
is to mis-educate students…

The goal of the BDS movement is to
mis-educate a generation of future leaders,
by lying to them, by demonizing, delegitimizing,
discriminating against, applying a double-standard
to the nation-state of the Jewish people.”

“BDS is part of a more generalized
effort to destroy the State of Israel…”

Alan Dershowitz Dismantles the BDS Movement
a YouTube video by Alan M. Dershowitz, 2016/7/23


Jonathan S. Tobin said this about BDS:

“BDS is not a movement that aims to
merely criticize Israel’s policies.

Its purpose is the elimination of
the sole Jewish state on the planet.

Its modus operandi is economic warfare,
which given the success of Israel’s economy
means it has been a colossal failure.

Yet its strategic purpose is to legitimize
discrimination against Jews and their state,
as well as to stigmatize and isolate
Israel’s Jewish supporters.

That is why BDS is not only a form of
anti-Jewish bias that is indistinguishable
from anti-Semitism, but also provides an
easy explanation for why acts of anti-Semitism
soon follow wherever the movement pops up.”

SOURCE: A Dangerous Future for J Street
by Jonathan S. Tobin / * 2018 December 6


Martha Pollack (President of
Cornell University in New York) said:

“BDS unfairly singles out one country
in the world for sanction when there
are many countries around the world
whose governments’ policies may be
viewed as controversial…”

“Moreover, it places all of the responsibility
for an extraordinarily complex geopolitical
situation on just one country and
frequently conflates the policies of
the Israeli government with the very
right of Israel to exist as a nation,
which I find particularly troublesome.”

Cornell University President Shares
‘Strong Opposition to BDS

by Shiri Moshe, 2019 March 1

Batya said...

Thanks, amen

Sammy Finkelman said...

There's no theology involving the names of the months (except perhaps for anniversaries, like when is someone Bar Mitzvah, but that is not theology that is rabbinical decisions.)

Why the 12th month is always called Adar is probably because that keeps the months in more regular order. It is, after all, a 13th month that is added, not a extra eleventh.

You could have aquestion why Purim is always observed on the second Adar - There are surely reasons but they may be a little bit lost to us.

More contradictory to accepted history is a whole bunch of facts about Purim - even that Esther is nentioned again in anoter book of Tanach - Nehemiah 2:6

ו וַיֹּאמֶר לִי הַמֶּלֶךְ וְהַשֵּׁגַל יוֹשֶׁבֶת אֶצְלוֹ, עַד-מָתַי יִהְיֶה מַהֲלָכְךָ--וּמָתַי תָּשׁוּב; וַיִּיטַב לִפְנֵי-הַמֶּלֶךְ וַיִּשְׁלָחֵנִי, וָאֶתְּנָה לוֹ זְמָן. 6 And the king said unto me, the queen also sitting by him: 'For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return?' So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

Now in Rosh Hashonah 3a theer is a crazy translation that soem Rabbis had. But not all.

Theer's about half a dozen or more corrections in interpretation I would have to make. they've got so many things wrong. Mordechai was not exiled - he was the 4th generation. A man named Kish was exiled.

Ahasuerus is Artaxerxes I. They are not trwo deparate kings. Here's the proof:

ו וּבְמַלְכוּת, אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ, בִּתְחִלַּת, מַלְכוּתוֹ--כָּתְבוּ שִׂטְנָה, עַל-יֹשְׁבֵי יְהוּדָה וִירוּשָׁלִָם. {ס} 6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. {S}
ז וּבִימֵי אַרְתַּחְשַׁשְׂתָּא, כָּתַב בִּשְׁלָם מִתְרְדָת טָבְאֵל וּשְׁאָר כְּנָוֺתָו, עַל-אַרְתַּחְשַׁשְׂתְּא, מֶלֶךְ פָּרָס; וּכְתָב, הַנִּשְׁתְּוָן, כָּתוּב אֲרָמִית, וּמְתֻרְגָּם אֲרָמִית. {פ} 7 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Aramaic character, and set forth in the Aramaic tongue. {P}

Ezra realizes he is going to quote a letter in Aramaic, and he starts over again, this time giving the name of the king in Aramaic. This is retained because it dsi an accurate copy of Ezra's original manuscript.

Mr. Cohen said...

The reason why Purim is celebrated in
the Second Adar is from Rabbi Chlebo, in the
Jerusalem Talmud, tractate Megilah, page 7A:

So that one redemption should follow
soon after another redemption"

תלמוד ירושלמי מסכת מגילה דף ז/א
אמר רבי חלבו: כדי לסמוך גאולה

Batya said...

Sammy, yes, as Mr. Cohen wrote, Passover is supposed to be a month after Purim.

rofehardama said...

I just love the concept of davening at the mekom haMishkan on rosh chodesh. Especially for women.
"Chana, lama tivkei, v'lameh yairah levavech!""
from chicago

Batya said...

B"H, thanks