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As a Torah reader, I was fascinated when I visited Heichal Hasefer - "Shrine of the Book" and read about the Qumran society and their calendar. As far as I know, there doesn't seem to be much, if anything, mentioned about them or their calendar in the Talmud. At least I'm not finding it via web searches.

Is there anything mentioned in the Talmud or other "halachic" sources (Midrash, etc.) about their calendar? If so, please provide references.

  • Is there anything at Qumran discussed in the Talmud? – Double AA Sep 10 at 15:23
  • Regarding your question about "their calendar", are you referring to the taking into account of both the Solar and Lunar cycles in regard to larger scale Torah cycles, as contrasted to only considering the Lunar cycle (like the Molad and Rosh Chodesh, etc.)? – Yaacov Deane Sep 10 at 16:11
  • @DoubleAA There are a whole variety of texts and text fragments from Qumran. Some of those texts are mentioned in Talmud in various places and under a whole range of subjects. But it sound likes what you are trying to bring out by your comment is that the Qumran community itself is not (to my knowledge) the subject of discussion in Talmud. Would that be accurate? – Yaacov Deane Sep 10 at 16:18
  • @YaacovDeane Ideally, I'm looking to compare their calendar with the current Judaic calendar. My understanding is that the Qumran calendar was strictly solar, with probable intercalation. I'm curious if either Bavli or Yerushalmi has any discussion about their calendar in any way. – DanF Sep 10 at 18:01
  • There are discussions of the subject in the context of Birchat HaChamah. The concept also relates to Yovelot cycles and the creation of the universe but that second subject is more in the context of Kabbalistic concepts. – Yaacov Deane Sep 10 at 20:50

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