Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
(Mon) 23 November 2020 : 7 Kislev 5781
Learn about the Hebrew month of Cheshvan(חשון)
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...Read About This Month View This Month
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...
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...
Solemnity and joyfulness are two emotional states that are normally exclusive to one another. However, in the month of Av we experience both as a part of the calendar. On the subject of the aspect and enormity of the month's solemn nature, Av begins in the middle of the three weeks, a period of mourning from the 17th day of Tammuz until the 9th day of Av. This period of time is also called "Bein haMetzarim" ("between the straits"). The significance of this time is that it, as we discussed last month, was the return of the scouts or spies...