Friday, July 15, 2011
This week was the bible reading I read at my Bar MItzvah. Numbers Chapter 25:10-30:1
Which is good timing as my birthday was Wednesday. My hebrew birthday was about the same day as I turned 38 and the hebrew calender has a 19 year cycle (the imperfect one created by Hillel) as they used the year being 365 1/4 days which the year is slightly shorter then that. The result is that holidays now are about 10 days later then they were 1900 years ago which the day 1900 years ago should be the same but instead you will see it is 10 days earlier which at some point will be a problem. Hillel of course used the science of the time. I was brainwashed to believe that this idea was from Mount Sinai from the "oral' torah but that is nonsense and sadly not giving credit to the scientist who had a good idea of how long the day was but it was approximated to 365 1/4 days which it isn't which is why in some century years 2100,2200,2300 there will be no leap day in the solar calender but in the years that the first two numbers are divisible by 4 there is a leap year which is the year 2000 and 2400. At some point we will have to add 10 days to the hebrew calender. The church actually uses the solar equinox for when they celebrate Easter which is if it isn't after 12 month from the last Easter they add a month.