Our calendar consists of twelve months - the amount of time it takes the Earth to complete one full cycle around the Sun.
The 365 days of the year are divided into four different seasons, each of which complements another: winter and summer, spring and autumn. Each season is characterized by its own typical weather, changes in the animals and plants and by its designated songs. Every season creates a certain type of atmosphere. In Israel the transitional seasons - autumn and spring - are short and often bring surprising weather changes.
The Hebrew calendar year begins in the autumn. The year opens with the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah festivals. There is a feeling of change in the air. Summer is over. The weather is unstable. There are windy and rainy days but also hot, dry, dusty days. The fields are arid and colorless after the heat of summer.
Most of the numerous songs that have been written about the autumn are sad. Falling leaves, grey weather. It is a romantic season of lovers. "Don't be embarrassed, be sad, don't be sorry if you're sorry, it's that kind of season, it's just the autumn and it will pass" wrote Yehiel Mohar in his poem "Autumn Wind".
But autumn is also a time of new beginnings. Autumn flowers bloom everywhere and the skies fill with birds.
"With the autumn the birds returned, from beyond the desert, beyond the mountains" wrote Yoram Taharlev of the migrating birds, some of which pass through the skies of Israel on their way south to warmer climates while others remain here throughout the winter.
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