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Term

HEBREW CALENDAR

Definition

The Jewish era, according to tradition, starts with creation and is customarily dated 3760 years added to the Christian era. There are twelve months in the Hebrew year, all of them 29 or 30 days, as follows:

1. Tishri (30) September-October

2. Heshvan (29) October-November

3. Kislev (30) November-December

4. Tevet (29) December-January

5. Shevat (30) January-February

6. Adar (29) February-March

7. Nissan (30) March-April

8. Iyar (29) April-May

9. Sivan (30) May-June

10. Tammuz (29) June-July

11. Ab (30) July-August

12. Elul (29) August-September

In every cycle of nineteen years seven are leap years. During a leap year there is added an extra month Adar B (30 days). Thus the lunar year of the Jewish calendar corresponds to the solar year of the Gregorian calendar.