ABC Wednesday's dreaded X Day has come around again.
But this year I am ready, with a new word I came across just recently.
Soon we will have the happy Jewish holiday of Tu B'Av.
The Talmud gives several reasons for celebrating this date 15th of Av, one being that
cutting of the wood for the main altar in the Temple was completed for the year.
The wood-offering brought in the Temple is based on Nehemiah 10:35:
35 And we cast lots, the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood-offering, קֻרְבַּן הָעֵצִים to bring it into the house of our God, according to our fathers' houses, at times appointed, year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the Law;Josephus (Bellum Judaisum 2:17) refers to Tu B'Av as the Feast of Xylophory ("Wood-bearing").
There you have it! An X word!
P.S. The firewood cutting in the photo was done by me and Mark, my friend's husband.
Update: Just for fun see also http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.co.il/2008/06/woodpile.html