Calendar

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

Shevat TODAY: (Monday) 30 January 2023 : 8 Shevat 5783
Shevat
(Mon) 30 January 2023 : 8 Shevat 5783

The Difficulties of Tevet

Learn about the Hebrew month of Tevet

Tevet is the tenth month of the biblical calendar year. The name "Tevet" is the Babylonian name of the month. In the Bible, it is referred to both as "the tenth month" as well as "Tevet," as in Esther 2:16, "And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his royal palace in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth..." As we enter the month of Tevet, we are approaching the end of the celebration of Hanukkah. For the first few days of the month, we are reminded of the victory in the days of the Maccabees. But...

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TOPICSfasting, Hanukkah, Maccabees, martyrdom of Peter, siege of Jerusalem, Tevet, tragedies


Previous Months

Dedication, Commitment, and Devotion

Kislev

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


The Beginning of Rain

Cheshvan

Cheshvan is the eighth month according to the biblical calendar. The name "Cheshvan" is the Babylonian name of the month. The older biblical (or Canaanite) name of the month is "Bul" as it says in 1 Kings 6:38, "And in the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished..." As the previous verse stated, it was during the month of Cheshvan that King Solomon completed his seven-year construction of the First Temple. Because of this, the sages say that Cheshvan should have had a festival. Yet, the Temple stood empty for 11...

TOPICSCheshvan, flood, Noah, rain, Temple


A New Year

Tishrei

Tishrei is the seventh month of the biblical calendar year when counting the months from Nisan. The name "Tishrei" is the Babylonian name of the month. In the Bible, it is simply referred to as "the seventh month," as in Leviticus 23:24, "Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month..." Yet, in Judaism, Tishrei is also considered the beginning of a new civil year. How can the seventh month of the calendar be a new year? Well, in actuality, the biblical calendar has multiple "new years" in regards to different events. The numbering of the months proceeds...

TOPICSatonement, etrog, fasting, Feast of Tabernacles, lulav, new year, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Tishrei, Yom Kippur