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The Jewish Leap Year

The Jewish leap year, referred to in Hebrew as Shanah Me'uberet, has 13 months and occurs seven times in a 19-year cycle.

A Jewish man praying with a tallis (prayer shawl).

A Jewish man praying with a tallis.

A Jewish man praying with a tallis (prayer shawl). The Jewish leap year has 13 months and occurs 7 times in a 19-year cycle.

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The Jewish calendar has 13 months in a leap year. There are 29 or 30 days in each month in a Jewish leap year, which has 383, 384, or 385 days.

Adar – The Lucky Month

An extra month, Adar I, is added after the month of Shevat and before the month of Adar in a leap year. The month is also known as Adar Rishon or Adar Alef. According to Jewish tradition, Adar is a lucky and happy month.

A Pregnant Year

A leap year is referred to in Hebrew as Shanah Me'uberet, or a pregnant year. A Jewish leap year occurs 7 times in a 19-year cycle. The 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th years are leap years in this cycle.

What is a Leap Year and when is the next one?

Leap Day February 29, 2016

Topics: Leap Year, Calendar

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Alternative Leap Years

  1. Bahá'í Calendar Leap Year
  2. Chinese Calendar Leap Year
  3. Ethiopian Calendar Leap Year
  4. Hindu Calendar Leap Year
  5. Persian Calendar Leap Year
  6. Islamic Calendar Leap Year
  7. Jewish Calendar Leap Year

Leap Years in Other Calendars


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