Rosh Chodesh Adar II on Sun, March 13

Join us for Congregation P’nai Tikvah Women’s Rosh Chodesh Shevat on Sunday, March 13 from 7 to 9pm.

Here are some insights from Ritualwell:

The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration.

In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual, and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages. Rosh Chodesh groups, meeting monthly, offer a women’s space in time. (Some men’s gatherings have begun as well, sometimes associated with kiddush levanah, celebrating the coming full moon.)

Fast Facts

Adar II is the thirteenth month of the Jewish calendar. Seven of the nineteen years in the cycle of the Jewish calendar are leap years. In those years we add an extra Adar before the regular Adar. We call this extra month Adar I, and the regular Adar becomes Adar II.

Adar II comes at the same time as the secular months March/April. “It’s early in the spring. The brown trees of winter have put on gleaming costumes of bright green …. People act a little crazy – shedding heavy clothes while there is still a chill in the air, laughing a little wildly when there is no reason ….”1 We’ve gotten giddy; we’ve caught spring fever.

Because Purim falls in Adar II, Adar II is the happiest, most joyous month of the Hebrew calendar. Its motto is Mi-shenikhnas adar marbim be-simcha or “When Adar arrives, joy increases.” Tradition teaches that Adar is so full of joy that it is as if Adar were pregnant with happiness. Indeed, some years we need two Adars to contain all the joy of Adar.

The mazal (constellation) for Adar II is Pisces, dagim (fish). Jews have been compared to fish swimming in an ocean ofTorah. In Adar II, we splash happily in one of the most joyous stories of the Bible, the story of Purim.

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For details and to RSVP email congregation.pnai.tikvah@aol.com or call (702) 436-4900.