n. The eighth month of the Jewish calendar (or second if counting from Nisan).
"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
Heb. אִיָּר iyyar > Yid. אייר iyer
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
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- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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