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In addition to the Chasam Sofer already quoted, another source is the Shaar Yisachar in the name of "holy seforim", who addresses kabbalistically why the acronym holds despite the halacha that Iyar is written with two yuds. The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains the concept at length here.


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See Chasam Sofer on Shabbos 147b, http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=21655&st=&pgnum=80. That the names of the months come from the Babylonians, so what? The name Amraphel comes from Babylonian or some similar language, but it is darshened as having a Hebrew meaning. Same with Sancheriv and lots of other examples.


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Building on what mevaqesh said. The names are borrowed directly from the pagan Babylonians. Some of them are actually names of foreign gods. Like the month of Tammuz, mentioned in Ezekiel 8:14. I don't know if Iyyar happens to be a name of a foreign god, but maybe you could look into that. But I can guarantee you that when the Babylonians decided on naming ...



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