The Hebrew word for winter is ‘horef’. Please bear with me if you don’t know Hebrew; I’ll teach you some. Let’s start with the ‘het’:
This letter is pronounced with the strong constricting sound in the back of your throat.
And does anyone know what holiday begins with a het? (Look in the window at the right side of my scribble at top).
Next letter in ‘horef’ is the ‘reish’:
There is a holiday in the middle of the winter that is called the New Year for Trees (Rosh Hashanah L’Elanot). And wouldn’t you know it, the ‘New’ in Hebrew is translated as ‘Rosh’, so it begins with a ‘reish’. The holiday is called Tu B’Shvat. It may be strange to us in more northern climates that a tree holiday is in the middle of winter, but the buds in Israel start early.
Finally, the last letter in ‘horef’ is a pey-sofit, an ending pey:
This is the beginning letter of a holiday that occurs toward the end of winter. Anyone know that holiday, that begins with a ‘P’ in English?
This little acronym of the winter Jewish holidays was created by our friend James Moché. James told me he was willing to have me post this as long as when it gets spread all over the internet, it has his name on it.