Hebrew Calendar

Hebrew Calendar: The Eighth Month (“Bul”/”Cheshvan”)

Shalom everyone! The Eighth Month of the Hebrew calendar later became known in the Tanakh as “Bul” prior to the Babylonian Exile. After the Babylonian Exile, the Eighth Month became known as “Marcheshvan and the second month of the civil year. The word “Marcheshvan” comes from the Akkadian word “waraḫsamnu” which means “eighth month.” Marcheshvan is sometimes shortened to “Cheshvan.” The Eighth Month has 29 days in regular years, 30 days in years where Rosh HaShanah postponement rules apply. The Eight Month typically occurs in the Fall during the months of October to November on the Gregorian calendar.

The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the Eighth Month, also known as “Marcheshvan or “Cheshvan”:

  • 29 of Marcheshvan – Sigd – Celebrated by the Beta Israel community, 50 days after Yom Kippur.

The following are some of the significant events in Israelite history which occurred during the Eighth Month, also known as “Marcheshvan or “Cheshvan”:

  • 11 of Eighth Month (circa 2105 BCE) – Methuselah dies at age 969
  • 11 of Eighth Month – Death of Rachel (circa 1553 BCE) while giving birth to Benjamin
  • 12 of Eighth Month (2131 A.M.) – Birth of Gad, son of Jacob
  • 15 of Eighth Month (165 BCE) – Death of Matityahu (Mattathias), who began the Maccabean revolt in the city of Modiin
  • 17 of Eighth Month (circa 960 BCE) – First Temple completed by King Solomon (it was not inaugurated until the following Tishrei however)
  • 23 of Eighth Month (137 BCE) – Hasmonean holiday commemorating the removal from the Holy Temple of altar stones which were defiled by the Greeks



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