Category: Foundations

Foundations: The Hebrew Calendar – The Month of Av (אָב)

Shalom everyone! Av is the eleventh month of the civil year and the fifth month of the religious year on the Hebrew calendar. The word “Av” comes from the Akkadian word “Abu“ which means “father.” In Hebrew, the word “Av” also means “father.” Av has 30 days and typically occurs in Summer during the months of July to August on […]

Foundations: The Hebrew Calendar – The Month of Tamuz/Tammuz (תמוז)

Shalom everyone! Tamuz/Tammuz is the tenth month of the civil year, and the fourth month of the religious year on the Hebrew calendar. The word “Tamuz” comes from the Assyrian and Babylonian month “Arah Dumuzu“ named in honor of the Assyrian-Babylonian deity “Tammuz.” Tammuz has 29 days and typically occurs in Summer during the months of June to July on […]

Foundations: The Special Torah Portions for Holidays

Shalom everyone! The following is a list of the Special Torah portions for holidays, including Festivals, Fast Days and Special Sabbaths, read during an annual cycle on the Hebrew calendar, along with their corresponding haftarah portions. The haftarah portions listed are the most commonly-read portions within the Ashkenazi and […]

Foundations: The Tanakh – The Hebrew Bible

The Tanakh is the canonical collection of 24 Jewish texts that form the Hebrew Bible. The word “Tanakh” is really an acronym of the first Hebrew letter of each of the three major traditional subdivisions of the Hebrew Bible in the Masoretic Text: Torah (“Teaching” or the Five […]