American Gothikkah

19 Mar

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4 Responses to “American Gothikkah”

  1. Jake Lemoni April 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Is there a way to determine and calculate the dates of Jewish holidays, by just relating to the solstices, for example? It is easy to know when “Easter” falls, because the church celebrates on the first Sunday after the Paschal moon, which they define as the first full moon after March 21st. So: Is there a similar way to know when Passover start? After reading about the calculations of Easter, I first assumed that Passover simply is the first full moon after the spring equinox. That does not appear to be the case, however. Is there a way to figure this out, or explain it, in a way that helps us find the place of the Jewish calendar in the solar calendar?

    • jewish info August 14, 2013 at 2:33 am #

      The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, and Passover starts on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. It will come out on a different English calendar date every year!

  2. BZ April 14, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    I guess you could do that – Passover (like Easter) is on the full moon, and in the present century, it always falls between March 26 and April 25. (Therefore, because of drift in the calendar that has accumulated over the centuries, it’s not always the full moon immediately after the equinox, so Passover and Easter usually coincide but are sometimes a month apart.) So you could figure out when the full moon is during that month, and you’d have a general sense of when Passover is that year (to within a couple of days), but it doesn’t necessarily fall exactly on the astronomical full moon, since there are rules built into the calendar to make sure the holidays fall on particular days of the week.

    Not for the faint of heart, here is a formula to calculate it exactly (derived by mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss).

  3. Nancy Hoffman August 5, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    These are hilarious! I can’t wait to send them to all my friends!

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