Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The other calendar

Ever since I remember myself, I've used what can most conveniently be called the "normal" calendar. You know, the one with January, February, etc. Of course, thanks to living in Israel, I at least knew the names and order of the Hebrew months, and could vaguely recall which month we're in (according to the school holidays).

As I gradually became more observant, the Hebrew calendar started occupying a more important place in my life. I became acquainted, apart from holidays, with fasts, the beginning of each month, and the weekly Torah portion. I found out my Hebrew birth date and started celebrating my birthday according to the Hebrew calendar.

Last week, my mother called me and offered her congratulations. I was a bit baffled. Did I reach such a point of new-mommy confusion that I forgot my birthday? Can't be, we're not even close to summer yet, I told myself. "It's your first anniversary," - she said, - "March 25-th!"

And so I realized that I didn't even have to make a conscious decision to mark our anniversary on its Hebrew date. Even without knowing it, it was the only date I remembered, and the only one that matters.

I still follow the world's calendar, more or less, for various reasons - such as paying the bills and publishing my notes here. I do believe that Blogger should introduce a Hebrew calendar option, though.

Of course, with how days and weeks blend into one another ever since our little Shira joined us, sometimes I feel as though I'm back at my point of start: I can only vaguely recall which month it is.


Rose said...

Anna, I am full of admiration that you can actually manage two calendars. I am still getting used to writing "09" as the year. Now some people might get confused and write "08" but why did I write "83" the other day? lol


Jan Hatchett said...

I read your blog often, but seldom comment. However, today I just wanted to mention that after reading your post how you truly have your priorities in the right order.

Imagine knowing all of the things of the world, but not the magnificence of God and family. You truly understand the significance of these things. I wish I had understood them deeper when I was a young mother.


Tracy said...

I have a had time following one calendar! Two would make me crazy.

Persuaded said...

I feel so foolish! I didn't even know there was a different calendar... please forgive my ignorance *blush*

Linda said...

I'm with you on this subject ;)

Although here, we haven't got the Jewish calendar.. we have the same 'issue' when it comes to our anniversary. The official documents say august 17, but that was only because we got married 'legally' that day, because it was free.. *lol*

We married in church a day later, and that date is what counts. God is the only One that counts, not some 'official' document which can be annulated within the snip of a finger ;)

Greetings from the netherlands!

Sasha said...

I on the other day don't celebrate the day we had huppah (aleph elul),but when we registrated our marriage(3-rd of august).
For me the huppah is only a ceremony and the legal registration is the official date.
And I think the fact you forot about 25 of March is only because of your tiredness with Shira,I don't believe that in a couple of years you can forget such things.

Mrs. Anna T said...

We didn't "forget" March 25-th. We simply never intended to remember it in the first place.

To each their own I guess.

MarkyMark said...

I'd like to hear more about the Hebrew calendar, since I've heard so much about it here. I'm in NJ, which has a large Jewish population; I've heard about the 'other calendar', but never knew much about it. I look forward to learning more. Thanks!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Mark, when I say "the other calendar", I mean yours and not ours, hehe. :o))

Anonymous said...

You win, Anna. Your calender was the original one. :-) (And if we could only do away with this horrible "daylight 'savings' time"!)
Mrs. L.

Raggedy Girl said...

What an interesting post.

from Roberta Anne
The Raggedy Girl

Rachel said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the Jewish calendar totally predates the usual one.....I think the early Christians used it too, though I'm not sure about that.

Though, why do you feel that your March 25th anniversary date isn't important? Is it because you only want to celebrate the Hebrew date?

MarkyMark said...

Hear, hear for doing away with Daylight Savings Time! They didn't have it in Hawaii when I was based @ Pearl Harbor, and we got along just FINE without it.

Aelwyn said...

I think that when we follow a more ancient, religious calendar, life does take on a different kind of meaning. In my particular denomination of Christianity, that means times of fasting and times of feasting. Everything is centered on our relationship with God and growing deeper in that relationship.

Ivy in the Kitchen said...

I have to echo the first commenter's thoughts about two calendars! It took me at least a month to remember to write '09 on everything.

Congratulations on your anniversary, though! It's always amazing how much we can change in a year... this coming from someone who's not married yet. :)

Oh, and this had nothing to do with the post, but I ran across this article regarding hospitals and breastfeeding and thought you might find it interesting. It's from a massive group blog for mothers.

Mrs. Anna T said...


The Hebrew calendar has been around since the Creation, and of course, those early Christians who had Jewish heritage used it.

We feel any other calendar has no meaning except for interacting with the rest of the world, so of course we only celebrate Hebrew dates.

Analytical Adam said...

To correct you Mrs. Anna, the Jewish calender hasn't been around since creation but we have used the lunar new moon to determine the new month and at one point witnesses needed to see the new moon. That is why outside of Israel they have 2 days you can't work on passover and other Jewish holidays although the bible only says one because at one point people living outside of Israel would not know if there was a new moon seen or not on the 29th day as a month could be either 29 or 30days. Hilel created the Jewish calender I believe that we now use.

It should also be pointed out that the bible only refers to month as numbers not names as I am not sure where the names of the Jewish month come from.

Having said all that, the solar calender does have some purposes in terms of weather.

They are having this blessing on April 8th and this is based on the SOLAR CALENDER.