Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.

Kislev TODAY: (Tuesday) 24 November 2015 : 12 Kislev 5776
(Tue) 24 November 2015 : 12 Kislev 5776

Dedication, Commitment, and Devotion


Kislev is the ninth month of biblical calendar year. The name "Kislev" is the Babylonian name of the month. In the Bible, it is referred to as both "the ninth month" and "Kislev" as in Zechariah 7:1, "the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Kislev" (NIV). Among other historical events that occurred during Kislev, none is perhaps more well known than the Festival of Hanukkah, an eight day festival which begins on Kislev 25. "Hanukkah" is a word that means "dedication," for it was during these days that the...

TOPICSAntiochus, commitment, Hanukkah, Kislev, kosher, Maccabees, perseverance, rededication, Sabbath, Temple

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Remember when you were a kid, playing outside during a long weekend? Many can remember playing baseball, riding bikes, skateboarding and climbing trees from dawn to dusk. You'd be having a great time until you heard those dreadful words, "Come inside, it's time to get ready for bed. Tomorrow is a school day." The month of Cheshvan is kind of like that Sunday night before the impending school (or work) week. The previous month of Tishrei, a month overflowing with feasts and fasts, has come to an end. The spiritual high is over. We have to "come down off of...

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Renewal, Repentance and Restoration


"Chag Sameach and Yom Tov! A joyous and good festival to you!" This is a common greeting heard throughout the month of Tishrei. Why? There are more festivals and holy days in this month of the biblical calendar than any other. Each of these appointed times have a unique thrust. Yet even with the diverse motifs of each day, there is a common thread — renewal, repentance, and restoration. These are key components to a biblical worldview. One definition of restoration is the action of returning something to a former owner, place or condition. Since Adam and Eve were cast...

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The Shofar Call of Elul


Elul is the sixth calendar month of the biblical calendar year. It is also the last month of the civil year when counting from Tishrei. The name "Elul" is the Babylonian name of the month. The Bible also refers to this month as Elul, as in Nehemiah 6:15, "So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Elul..." Because of the approaching new year and the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the month of Elul is focused on repentance and reconciliation. Special prayers called Selichot (forgiveness) are recited during this month. These...

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