Tekufat Nissan

Ellen Payne Solomon (payne@yu1.yu.edu)
Mon, 23 Dec 1996 02:40:40 -0500 (EST)

Passover must be celebrated in spring, since Deut. 16:1 tells us, "Keep
the month of spring and make Pesach." A Jewish leap year (which
involves the insertion of an extra month before Nissan, the month of
Passover) occurs whenever Pesach would otherwise fall before "Tekufat
Nissan," the spring equinox.

This year is a Jewish leap year; if we weren't going to have an extra
month, Pesach would fall on March 24. I think that Tekufat Nissan is a
date on the solar calendar, but it can't be March 20 (the secular "vernal
equinox"). When is Tekufat Nissan?

Ellen Solomon