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

Kislev TODAY: (Saturday) 27 November 2021 : 23 Kislev 5782
Kislev
(Sat) 27 November 2021 : 23 Kislev 5782

Count Every Miracle

Learn about the Hebrew month of Kislev

This is the month of Kislev. The temperatures in the land of Israel have begun to drop. Daylight hours dwindle away and the long, dark nights of Kislev begin. One cannot help but naturally feel slightly melancholy and glum during the winter seasons. Thankfully, God has given us many reasons to rejoice during this season. On the 25th of Kislev, the anniversary of the rededication of the Temple is celebrated for eight days. This festival is customarily known as Hanukkah. For thousands of years, the Jewish people have remembered the miracles God performed for the Maccabees. They were not only...

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TOPICScandle lighting, Hanukkah, Kislev, Maccabees, miracles, rededication, Temple


Previous Months

The Rain of Cheshvan

Cheshvan

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...

TOPICSCheshvan, providence, rain, Shemini Atzeret, Sukkot


Renewal, Repentance and Restoration

Tishrei

"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...

TOPICSdays of awe, Feast of Tabernacles, new year, repentance, restoration, Rosh Hashanah, shofar, Simchat Torah, Sukkot, Tishrei, Yom Kippur


Take Action this Elul

Elul

The traditions and customs of Elul are centered on one thing—teshuvah, repentance. With the approach of Rosh Hashanah, the Days of Awe, and Yom Kippur, Elul is dedicated to preparing oneself for these appointed times. Everything from special prayers of s'lichot (forgiveness), the blowing of the shofar after shacharit morning prayers, renewing one's yearly giving of tzedakah (righteous giving), to reciting Psalm 27 as an additional daily prayer, Elul is a month filled with introspection, confession, and restitution. It is at this time of year that we especially take a look at our relationships with brothers and sisters. Traditionally, this...

TOPICSElul, forgiveness, introspection, repentance, restitution, selichot, teshuvah, tzedakah