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The Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—passed away on the third day of the Jewish month of Tammuz in the year 5754 from creation (June 12, 1994).
Traditionally, this is a day for reflection, learning, prayer, re-commitment and, above all, positive action. This year 3rd Tammuz is observed on Shabbos, Jul 6,2019
The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer. This is when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and our launch into a still-ongoing exile. With an eye to the future, we also learn about the Third Temple, which is yet to be built.
The period begins on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE.
Tammuz (Tamuz) is the fourth of the 12 months of the Jewish calendar, counting from Nisan. According to Sefer Yetzirah, to each month of the Jewish calendar there corresponds a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a zodiac sign, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, a sense, and a controlling limb of the body.
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Meet Ruth, King David, the Baal Shem Tov, and other personalities associated with the holiday of Shavuot.
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In Iyar we embark upon the first leg of our journey, that links Passover to Shavuot, and so brings us from birth to betrothal....
Iyar is the second month on the Jewish calendar counting from Nissan. Although Iyar does not contain many “special days,” every single day of the month is included in the Sefirat HaOmer counting—the mitzvah to count each of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. Sefirat HaOmer is a period of introspection and self-refinement, as we prepare ourselves to receive the Torah anew on Shavuot. Each day of Iyar represents another step in this spiritual journey toward Sinai.