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How often does Addar II happen?

The extra Adar happens when there is a leap year -- we add a month to preserve the lunar properties of the calendar. Seven in nineteen years are leap years, so every 2-3 years on average. From ...
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How did Haman know Moshe Rabeinu's Yahrzeit but not his Birthday?

The מהרש"א on that Gemara explains that Moshe having died on the 7th of Adar is something which could be worked out from Scriptures, as the Gemara works it out on Kiddushin 38a (it says they wept for ...
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Hallel on Yom Nicanor

I will try to answer the first question on whether Hallel was recited on Yom Nicanor, using classical and rabbinic evidence. There are no sources that record the recitation of Hallel in the ...
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Why is there no exchanging of food gifts during Purim Katan?

The Ran on Megillah 3b says that even though one should feast on Adar 1, there's no need for Mishloach Manot because it is similar to Matanot La'Evyonim, which is done only in Adar 2: וקרוב הדבר גם ...
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Why did Hashem create the world in such a way that a leap year is needed?

A different angle on the question: at the funeral for Rabbi Emanuel Gettinger (who was a mathematics and astronomy enthusiast), it was suggested that God values our engaging the world. This way, we ...
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Time Parameters of Mishenichnas Adar Marbin B'Simcha

Rashi to Taanis 29a writes that the reason for increasing joy upon the entrance of Adar is that it is a time of miracles, such as Purim and Pesach. The implication of Rashi is that this simcha should ...
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Do people still celebrate "Frankfurt Purim"?

This link is of a Chazan in Khal Adas Yeshurun Jerusalem singing a Birchas Nisim in honor of Purim Frankfurt. This is from 5767/2007.
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Happiness in the Second Half of Adar

Rashi comments on that Gemara: "days of miracles for the Jewish people: Purim and Pesach". So it seems that Rashi understands that Adar is a time of joy because it begins a period of consecutive ...
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Purim Katan in Adar I but no Purim Gadol in Adar II

A quick Google search shows that the in classic literature and Siddurim it often is called Purim Gadol. On Sefaria you can also find matches for Purim Gadol. That said, for brevity's sake, most ...
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Why does Adar signal additional joy?

When the Talmud (Ta'anit 29a) states that we increase joy when Adar comes in Rashi explains: ימי נסים היו לישראל פורים ופסח They were days of miracles for Israel – Purim and Passover. We can perhaps ...
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Zayin Adar customs

B'chedrei Charedim mentions the custom to fast on this day and say the "סדר תיקון ליום ז' אדר" . Just as the death of a tzaddik provides atonement, so does fasting with repentance. The Chevra ...
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What is the name of the special parsha read on the shabbos before purim?

On the Shabas before Purim, we read the regular weekly parasha, which varies; next year (2017 Gregorian, 5777 Jewish) it will be T'tzave. Most weeks, after concluding the regular weekly parasha, we ...
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Do people still celebrate "Frankfurt Purim"?

An old frankfurter once told me that the only vestige of Purim Frankfurt during his youth in the prewar period was the would sing Adon Olom to the military band tune which accompanied vinz to the ...
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How often does Addar II happen?

I am assuming that your question refers to the current "fixed" calendar, so it seems that you have numerous answers on that. I wanted to add that historically, this was not always the situation ...
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How often does Addar II happen?

Jewish leap years don't happen every seven or every four -- they happen as part of a nineteen year cycle. For example, see the answers to this question, about how to tell which year is a Jewish leap ...
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Why did Hashem create the world in such a way that a leap year is needed?

As explained in this article the ideal Jewish year is actually 13 months (representing a dominance of the Jewish lunar calendar over the non-Jewish solar one) and it will resume this cycle in the days ...
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Trying to understand Mishnah Megilla 1:4

Note that the word אם (if) is not in the mishna. I would read it as "they read". You can have the case in which it was announced before Adar that there would be an Adar Sheni and people may or may not ...
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Bar mitzvah for child born in Adar

A boy born in the month of Adar of a non-leap year celebrates his bar mitzvah in the second Adar, if his bar mitzvah year is a leap year. (Rama on Code of Jewish Law, Orach Chaim 55:10) Nevertheless, ...
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Happiness in the Second Half of Adar

The statement of the Gemara is Rav's opinion, which follows his opinion that the mourning of Tisha B'Av applies to the entire month. Thus, according to Rav, just like by Av the mourning applies to the ...
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How did Haman know Moshe Rabeinu's Yahrzeit but not his Birthday?

I saw an answer in the Sefer Pirsumei Nissa p: 246 and I'll try to translate: It is brought down in the Sefer Yaaros D'vash ( ח"ב דרוש י"ז/ח"א דרוש ג'/ח"ב דרוש ב' ודרוש י"ג) The reason Haman did not ...
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Why does Adar signal additional joy?

Rabbi Chaim Drukman often brings the following parable: If you meet a friend in a place where you expect to meet him, like at work or at shul, then it's nice to meet him, and you're happy about it, ...
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What exactly do we celebrate on Purim - the 14th of Adar?

While it is true that Pharoah later regretted letting the Hebrews leave on the 15th of Nissan, this was indeed the day that the exile of Egypt ended, and that seems to be what the seder night ...
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What exactly do we celebrate on Purim - the 14th of Adar?

As I explain in my answer the Jews were still scheduled to be murdered (without any penalty) on 13 Adar. Thus, the final redemption did not occur until after the fighting was over, Thus we celebrate ...
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Purim in Adar: Haman's choice or a toss?

Esther Rabbah 7:11 records the full story. Because of its length, I'll let you look at the Midrash inside, but the gist of it is that he first threw lots on the days of the week, and when that failed, ...
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Why do we say Tachanun during Adar?

While the Talmud does indeed say that, neither the Rambam or the Shulchan Aruch mention it. Chasam Sofer (OC 160) explains why: The statement of the Talmud (Taanit 29a) "Just as when Av begins we ...
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Why do we have Adar I & Adar II- why don't we give the additional month a new name?

You've already discovered why Adar was chosen as the intercalated month, so I don't need to delve into that area. See this answer for several reasons as to why we stick with the Babylonian names for ...
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source for lighting candles on zayin adar?

It is found in his Tikkun Zayin Adar. I couldn't find the sefer published online, but I did find a website which quotes at least part of it, in the middle of which it says: וגם ידליקו נרות לכבוד ...
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How often does Addar II happen?

In the fixed calendar it happens 7 times in 19 years. The lunar month, according to our tradition (we announce the "molad") in fact is exactly 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and one "chalak", an 18th ...
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What is the halacha regarding Adar yahrtzeits?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, 221:3 addresses this question, writing: אִם מֵת לוֹ מֵת בְשָׁנָה מְעֻבֶּרֶת בַּאֲדָר רִאשׁוֹן אוֹ בַּאֲדָר שֵׁנִי, אֲזַי בְּשָׁנָה פְשוּטָה מִתְעַנֶּה כֵּן בַּאֲדָר, ...
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What is the halacha regarding Adar yahrtzeits?

My Rav said you keep both days, regardless of whether the person died in a leap year or non-leap year. He said all the halachos of Yartzeit apply to both.
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