Shalom everyone! The Ninth Month of the Hebrew calendar became known as Kislev and the third month of the “civil year”, after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Kislev” comes from the Akkadian word “kislimu” which means “thickened” or “condensed” due to plentiful rains. The Ninth Month has 30 days in regular years, 29 days in years where Rosh HaShanah postponement rules apply. The Ninth Month or “Kislev” typically occurs in the Fall during the months of November to December on the Gregorian calendar.
The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the Ninth Month, also known as “Kislev”:
The following are some of the significant events in Jewish history which occurred during the Ninth Month, also known as “Kislev”:
- 14 of Ninth Month (1568 BC) – Birth of Reuben, son of Jacob.
- 14 of Ninth Month (1445 BC) – Death of Reuben, son of Jacob.
- 15 of Kislev (167 BC) – The Greeks set up the “Abomination of Desolation” in the Temple.
- 20 of Kislev (circa 457 BC) – Ezra addresses a three-day assemblage of Jews in Jerusalem, telling them to adhere to the Torah and to dissolve their interfaith marriages.
- 21 of Kislev (circa 128 BC) – The Samaritan temple at Mount Gerizim was destroyed by John Hyrcanus I.
- 25 of Kislev (167 BC) The Greeks make pagan sacrifices in the Temple
- 25 of Kislev (164 BC) – The Hanukkah miracle
- 27 of Kislev (circa 2105 BC) – Flood rains cease (According to Genesis 6-8).
Categories: Hebrew Calendar