Holiday Greetings: Chodesh Tov! Rosh Chodesh Hayir II (Thirteenth Month) 2019 #NewMoon

Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Hayir II, the first day of the Thirteenth Month, begins sundown Monday, March 7, 2019, on the Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from to all who celebrate!

About This Month

Hayir II is the Thirteenth Month of the ecclesiastical Hebrew calendar. This month is an intercalary month: If the Twelfth Month ends prior to the arrival of the vernal equinox, a thirteenth month, a leap month called “Hayir II” is added to make sure that the mo’edim do not move out of season. “Hayir II” later became known as “Adar II” after the Babylonian Exile.

The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the Thirteenth Month, Hayir II (leap years only):

  • 13 of Hayir (Adar) – Fast of Esther – on 11 Adar when the 13th falls on Shabbat(Fast Day)
  • 14 of Hayir (Adar) – Purim
  • 15 of Hayir (Adar) – Shushan Purim – celebration of Purim in walled cities existing during the time of Joshua



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