1 Iyar (May 6) -- Second day Rosh Chodesh
2 Iyar (May 7) Tiferet sh'b'tiferet - Birthday of the Rebbe
MaHaRash, the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe; yahrzeit of Chasidic masters
Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk and Rabbi Shmuel-Shelke of Nicholsburg
3 Iyar (May 8) -- Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers
4 Iyar (May 9) -- Independence Day- The seventy first anniversary
of the declaration of the State of Israel
6 Iyar (May 10-11) -- Shabbat Emor, Torah Reading: Lev.21:1-24:23,
Haftorah: Ezek.44:15-31 -Pirkei Avot - Chapter 2
13 Iyar (May 18) -- Shabbat Behar, Torah Reading: Lev.25:1-26:2;
Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27 -Pirkei Avot - Chapter 3
Yahrzeit of Yisroel Aryeh Leib Schneerson (brother of the Lubavitcher
Rebbe), buried in Zefat.
14 Iyar (May 19) -- A biblical Holiday. You don't know which
one? Look it up! - Numbers 9:1-14.
The Yahrzeit celebrations of the great Mishnaic Sages, Rabbi Meir
Ba'al HaNes (Tiberias) and of Rabbi Yehuda bar Ila'ie (Safed)
18 Iyar (May 22-23) -- Lag B'Omer, Hod sh'b'hod- The Yahrzeit
of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the seminal kabbalist and sage of the
Mishna, buried in Meron, whose mystical teachings are the basis of
the Zohar. Also the day on which the plaque ceased that took the lives
of 24,000 of the students of Rabbi Akiva. A day of great rejoicing
and the day on which three-year-old boys get their first haircut and
peyot shaping, preferably at Meron.
20 Iyar (May 24-25) -- Shabbat Bechukotai-Torah Reading: Lev.
26:3-27:34; Haftorah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 - Pirkei Avot - Chapter
4. Shabbat Chazak -- (calling out" Chazak! Chazak! V'nit'chazayk!"
after the reading of the concluding verse of one of the five books
of the Torah)
27 Iyar (May May 31- June 1)-- Shabbat Bamidbar-Torah Reading
Numbers 1:1-4:20, Haftarah-Hosea 2:1-22 ; Pirkei Avot - Chapter 6--
Shabbat Mevarchim -- (blessing the coming month- Sivan).
In many chassidic communities it is a custom to read the whole book
of Psalms each Shabbat Mevarchim before the Morning Prayer.
28 Iyar (June 2) -- Jerusalem Liberation Day
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MAY YOU HAVE A HEALTHY MONTH OF IYAR!