Jewish Calendar Overview
The importance of measuring time is incredibly essential for many of our mitzvot and customs wherever Jews are in the world. Join Rabbi David Sedley and explore how the great sages ensured that there was only one calendar for Israel and the diaspora to operate on.
Jewish Calendar Overview: The Jewish calendar I
In this class we look at the origins of time keeping and the beginnings of the Jewish calendar. We discuss the names of months and how they changed over time. We discuss the relationship between the lunar and solar cycles and the need for leap years to keep them in check. And we examine the length of a year.
Rabbi David Sedley lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children. He was born and raised in New Zealand before making Aliya in 1992. He left Israel temporarily (for eight years) to serve as a communal Rabbi in Scotland and England and returned to Israel in 2004. He has translated Rabbeinu Yonah's commentary on Pirkei Avos and is the co-author of Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer (both Judaica Press). Over the years Rabbi Sedley has worked as a journalist, a translator, a video director and in online reputation management. He also writes a weekly Torah blog on the Times of Israel - https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/david-sedley.