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Jewish Guide

Jewish Months

On the Jewish calendar Nissan is the first month. Before the Jews left Egypt, on the first day of the month of Nissan, God told Moses and Aaron: "This chodesh (new moon or month) shall be to you the head of months."4 Thus the peculiarity of the Jewish calendar: the year begins on Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the month of Tishrei (the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve), but Tishrei is not the first month. Rosh Hashanah is actually referred to in the Torah as "the first day of the seventh month."


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