On the Origin of the Names of the Hebrew Months...

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Seasons of the Moon Poetry


On the Origin
of the Names
of the Hebrew Months...


When we came out of Egypt.
Our months had no names.
We counted them. One by One.
Like.
This is the third month from
When we came out of Egypt...

When we came out of Egypt.
When/Ever we remembered
The Numbers of our months,
The memory of the Great Miracle
Welled up in our hearts -
Of our redemption.
From the House of Slaves...

When we came out of Babylon.
We called Nissan and Iyar
The Names of our months.
Persian names.
Made in Babylon.
The Names of our months
To remember our second redemption.
Just as,
through the Numbers,
we had remembered
the first...


    Sources:
  • Ramban, Exodus 12:2;

This poem originally appeared in SEASONS OF THE MOON for Tishrei 5756.
Written by Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair.
General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman.
HTML Design: Michael B. Treblow

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