Friday, June 12, 2015

The Spiritual Power of Ramadan in the Jewish Calendar

The Islamic calendar is a lunar system, and the annual occurrence of the month of Ramadan runs on an approximate 32 year cycle varying as to which Hebrew month it falls in, throughout the years, decades, centuries. 

Unlike the Hebrew solar/lunar calendar, the Islamic calendar has no feast or fast that must fall in a certain season (as we do with the Month of Nissan, Chodesh Aviv, which the Torah mandates must start in the Spring). 

Ramadan always begins on a New Moon / Rosh Chodesh  of the Jewish Calendar (Head of the Month). This year (2015), Ramadan begins on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, as it did in 2014, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1948, 1949 and 1950.

The Sons of Ishmael enact great spiritual power during the fast of Ramadan. Their zealous devotion in fasting from sunrise to sunset during the entire month of Ramadan is intended to provoke we, their cousins, to envy their level of commitment, and seek to emulate, and indeed, exceed it. 


The area we need to renew our commitment and passion in is indicated by the month Ramadan falls in each year. For the Tammuz years, we look at our patriarch Reuven, to which Tammuz corresponds.  


The tikkun of Reuven had to do with filial duty, and proper care for parents. The Jewish people are being provoked by our Ishmalite cousins to do tshuva this Chodesh Tammuz in the areas in our life where respect and responsibility to our parents are concerned.  

Just as the Hebrew Calendar and the Jewish Year is the manifestation of Sacred Time, our cousins have been given the Islamic Calendar to know the times and the seasons they are to enact their devotions, which are intended to arouse us to a purer and more passionate response to our own spiritual calling. It is a dance of devotion between root souls - Isaac and Ishmael, both sons of Avraham - and in the end, the time of one is the time of both and the time of both is the time of All.

To contemplate which Hebrew Month Ramadan has fallen in since 1930, I present the following data:

Ramadan in Tammuz - 1948, 1949, 1950, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2014, 2015
Ramadan in Sivan - 1951, 1952, 1953, 1984, 1985, 2016, 2017, 2018
Ramadan in Iyar - 1954, 1955, 1956, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2019, 2020, 2021
Ramadan in Nissan - 1957, 1958, 1989, 1990, 1991
Ramadan in Adar (I and II) - 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Ramadan in Shvat - 1930, 1931, 1932, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1996, 1997
Ramadan in Tevet -  1933, 1934, 1966, 1998, 1999
Ramadan in Kislev - 1935, 1936, 1937, 1967, 1967, 1969, 2000, 2001, 2002
Ramadan in Cheshvan - 1938, 1939, 1970, 1971, 1972, 2003, 2004
Ramadan in Tishrei (Rosh HaShanah) - 1940, 1941, 1942, 1973, 1974, 1975, 2005, 2006, 2007
Ramadan in Elul - 1943, 1944, 1945, 1976, 1977, 1978, 2008, 2009, 2010
Ramadan in Av - 1946, 1947, 1979, 1980, 2011, 2012, 2013