1 Iyar (April 16) -- Second day Rosh Chodesh
2 Iyar (April 17) Tiferet sh'b'tiferet - Birthday of
the Rebbe MaHaRash, the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe; yahrzeit
of Chasidic masters Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk and Rabbi Shmuel-Shelke
3 Iyar (April 18) -- Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers
4 Iyar (April 19) Anniversary of the declaration of Independence
of the State of Israel in 1948, celebrated one day early this year
to avoid the desecration of the Holy Shabbat day.
6 Iyar (April 20-21) -- Shabbat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim (outside
of Israel parshat Tazriya-Metzorah) Torah Reading: Leviticus 16:1-20:27;
Pirkei Avot - Chapter 2
13 Iyar (April 27-28) -- Shabbat Emor (outside of Israel Achrei-Kedoshim)
Torah Reading: Lev. 21:1-24:23, Haftorah: Ezek. 44:15-31; Pirkei Avot
- Chapter 3
Yahrzeit of Yisroel Aryeh Leib Schneerson (brother of the Lubavitcher
Rebbe), buried in Zefat.
14 Iyar (April 29) -- A biblical Holiday. You don't know which
one? Look it up! - Numbers 9:1-14.
The Yahrzeit celebrations of the great Mishnaic Sages, Rabbi
Meir Ba'al HaNes (Tiberias) and of Rabbi Yehuda bar Ila'ie (Safed)
18 Iyar (May 1-2) -- Lag B'Omer, Hod sh'b'hod- The Yahrzeit
of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the seminal kabbalist and sage of the
Mishna, buried in Meron, whose mystical teachings are the basis of
the Zohar. Also the day on which the plaque ceased that took the lives
of 24,000 of the students of Rabbi Akiva. A day of great rejoicing
and the day on which three-year-old boys get their first haircut and
peyot shaping, preferably at Meron. For more on Lag B'Omer
20 Iyar (May 4-5) -- Shabbat Behar (outside of Israel parshat
Emor), Torah Reading: Lev.25:1-26:2; Haftorah: Jeremiah 32:6-22; Pirkei
Avot - Chapter 4
27 Iyar (May 11-12)-- Shabbat Bechukotai- (outside of Israel
Behar-Bechukotai) Torah Reading: Lev. 26:3-27:34; Haftorah: Jeremiah
16:19-17:14 - Pirkei Avot - Chapter 5. Shabbat Chazak -- (calling
out "Chazak! Chazak! V'nit'chazayk!" after the reading
of the concluding verse of one of the five books of the Torah)
-- Shabbat Mevarchim -- (blessing the coming month- Sivan).
In many chassidic communities it is a custom to read the whole book
of Psalms each Shabbat Mevarchim before the Morning Prayer.
28 Iyar (May 29) -- Jerusalem Liberation Day
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MAY YOU HAVE A HEALTHY MONTH OF IYAR!