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The Jewish Leap Year

The Jewish leap year has 13 months and occurs 7 times in a 19-year cycle.

A Jewish man praying with a tallis (prayer shawl).
The Jewish leap year has 13 months.
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 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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