Iyar

Pronunciations

Iyar (EE-yahr) listen
Iyar (ee-YAHR) listen

Definitions

  • n. The eighth month of the Jewish calendar (or second if counting from Nisan).

Example Sentences

  • "Each day of Iyar represents another step in this spiritual journey toward Sinai." (source)

  • "Iyar represents the return to mundanity—our first day back at work after vacation. At this point, it becomes difficult to infuse our Torah-learning and mitzvah-doing with the excitement of novelty." (source)

  • "Tradition teaches that Miriam's Well first appeared during Iyar, as did manna, the food that sustained the ancient Israelites during their desert journey." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb. אִיָּר iyyar > Yid. אייר iyer

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      Iyyar, Iyer, Iyyer

Notes

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