Hebrew Calendar

Hebrew Calendar: The Eleventh Month (“Shevat”)

Shalom everyone! The Eleventh Month of the Hebrew calendar became known as “Shevat” and the fifth month of the “civil year”, after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Shevat” comes from the Akkadian word Šabātu which means to “strike” referring to the heavy rainfall during the season. The Eleventh Month has 30 days and typically occurs in Winter during the months of January to February on the Gregorian calendar.

The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the Eleventh Month, also known as “Shevat”:

The following are some of the significant events in Jewish history which occurred during the Eleventh Month, also known as “Shevat”:

Pre-Babylonian Exile

  • 1 of Eleventh Month – Moses repeats the Torah (Deuteronomy 1:3)
  • 2 of Eleventh Month (2132 AM/circa 1628 BC) – Birth of Asher, son of Jacob

Post-Babylonian Exile

  • 24 of Shevat (517 BC) – Zechariah‘s prophecy (Zechariah 1:7-16)
  • 28 of Shevat (circa 134 BC) – Antiochus V abandoned his siege of Jerusalem and his plans for the city’s destruction. This day was observed as a holiday in Hasmonean times. (Megilat Taanit)



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