JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Hebrew calendar (was: Translation of Tombstone) #general
Daniel Vulkan <daniel@...>
In article <LYR6197-10222--approved-soc-genealogy-
jewish@NEWSPOST.NEWSGUY.COM>, Ury Link <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes
You writ: The Calendar info on JewishGen confirms that the my gf's death"The Comprehensive Hebrew Calendar" by the late Arthur Spier (Feldheim
Publishers, 1986) confirms that Tisha B'Av (9 Av) 5663 fell on Sunday 2
August 1903. (And therefore it started the previous evening, 1 August.)
Although the Hebrew calendar includes a 19 year cycle, it is not true to
say that the correspondence with the civil calendar will repeat exactly
every 19 years (although it is only likely to be out by a few days).
There are two reasons for this: firstly, the civil calendar itself is
not regular (it will only repeat exactly every 2,800 years); secondly, a
number of extra adjustments need to be made to the Hebrew calendar
(adding or subtracting a day every few years, according to prescribed
rules), principally to ensure that certain festivals don't occur on
inconvenient days of the week.
For those who are interested, the book I mentioned above describes the
operation of the calendar in great detail; I am sure there are also
plenty of resources on the Web (try looking at the "Calendars" category
on Cyndi's List ( http://www.cyndislist.com ).
Searching: WULKAN (Oswiecim / anywhere); KLAUSNER (Nowy Wisnicz);
GOTTLIEB (Tarnow); TOBIAS (Milowka)