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Holiday Greetings: Chodesh Tov! Rosh Chodesh Third Month 2018 #FlowerMoon

An artist’s representation of the flower moon. Image credit: TwelveTotems.org

Shalom everyone! Rosh Chodesh Third Month, the first day of the Third Month begins sundown Tuesday, May 29, 2018 on the ecclesiastical lunar calendar, with the sighting of the full moon. Rosh Chodesh Third Month marks the continued counting of the Omer and the annual mo’ed of Shavuot. In the Northern Hemisphere, this month’s full moon is also called the “Flower Moon.” TwelveTotems.org wishes a “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) to all who observe!


The Third Month of the ecclesiastical lunar calendar is of great significance because it was during this month that the Torah was given by YAH to the Nation of Israel at Mount Sinai, after the Exodus from Mizraim (Egypt). During the course of the Babylonian Exile, however, the Third Month became known as “Sivan”  in the post-exilic era. The word “Sivan” is from the Akkadian word simānu meaning “season” or “time.”

The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the Third Month:

  • 2nd/3rd week of Third Month – Shavuot

The following are some of the significant events in Israelite history which occurred during the Third Month:

  • Sometime during the Third Month (2410 AM) – The Torah was given to Moses at Mt. Sinai and thus observed as the holiday of Shavuot.
  • 23 of Third Month (474 BCE) – Mordechai and Esther sent letters so that the Judeans shall prepare themselves for the annihilation plan orchestrated by Haman to be committed against them on the 13th of the following Adar.
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