Happy Leap Year!
Thanks to the joyful post-Biblical holiday of Purim, Adar is traditionally the month when narrischkeit
- foolishness - reigns supreme. Why settle for a single April Fool's Day when you can have a whole month of silliness?
But it gets better. Since this is a leap year in the Hebrew calendar, we get a whole extra month of Adar. Yes, that's two months of tomfoolery for the price of one!
Why not a single leap day - why a whole month? It's because the Hebrew calendar is not simply a solar calendar like the Gregorian (secular) calendar. It's lunisolar: Months correspond to the phases of the Moon (Rosh Chodesh is always on the new moon), but the year corresponds to the solar year. That way, we always have Pesach in the spring and Rosh Hashanah in the fall... an important consideration if you're living in an agricultural society.
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