Sunday February 17: 12 Adar

It was on this day in the year 19 B.C. that a dedication ceremony was held to initiate the expansion of the Temple under the auspices of Herod the Great. The historian Josephus recorded that: “In the fifteenth year of his reign, Herod rebuilt the Temple, and encompassed a piece of land about it with […] »

Friday February 22: 17 Adar

It was on this day in the year 66 A.D. that the historian Josephus arrived to assume command of some insurgent Jewish forces in the Galilee and consequently save the local Jewish population from an attack by non-Jewish forces. Two months later, the official outbreak of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans began and it […] »

Thursday March 7: 30 Adar

Today is the 30th day of Adar, the last day of the first month, Adar and tomorrow will mark the beginning of the new month, Adar Shini, or Adar II. The beginning of the month, in Hebrew, is called Rosh Chodesh (“Head of the month”) and is typically every 28 to 30 days, depending on […] »

Thursday February 21: 16 Adar

It was on this day in the year 42 A.D. that King Agrippa began construction on a gate within the walls of Jerusalem. Six months later, the gate was dedicated and that day became an ancient holiday. If you ever traveled to Jerusalem, you have seen that there are several gates in the Old City. […] »