Category: Holidays

Holidays: Hebrew Holiday Calendar (2018 – 2019)

Shalom everyone! The following is the Hebrew Holiday Calendar for the Hebrew Year beginning in the Spring on Rosh Chodesh First Month (Aviv) for the period 2018 – 2019. All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified in the tables below. For example, if the date for Rosh Chodesh […]

Holidays: The Four Fasts

Shalom everyone! There are Four Fasts mentioned in Zechariah 8:19 which the House of Yehudah (Judah) observed annually in ancient times to mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and Jerusalem by the Babylonians in the 6th century BCE. Zechariah prophesies that these solemn occasions will one day become joyous occasions […]

Holidays: Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret (Feast of Booths and the 8th Day of Assembly) #Sukkot #SheminiAtzeret

Shalom everyone! The biblical holidays of Chag Sukkot (Feast of Booths) and Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly), both collectively known as Sukkot in modern times, are observed each beginning on the 15th day of the Seventh Month (15 of Ethanim/Tishrei) and ending on the 22nd day of the Seventh Month (22 of Ethanim/Tishrei). This eight-day holiday is another of YAH‘s mo’edim (appointed times), […]

Holidays: Yom HaKippurim – Day of Atonement #YomKippur

Shalom everyone! The biblical holiday of Yom HaKippurim (Day of Atonement) is observed each year on the 10th day of the Seventh Month (10 of Ethanim/Tishrei). The holiday is one of YAH‘s moe’dim (appointed times) which He commanded B’nei Yisrael to commemorate as a sacred solemn occasion with affliction of the soul (fasting from […]

Holidays: Sefirat HaOmer – Counting of the Omer

Shalom everyone! Sefirat HaOmer or the “Counting of the Omer” is the verbal counting of each of the days between the biblical holidays of the 1st day of Chag HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread) and Shavuot (Feast of Weeks). YAH commanded in the Torah that the B’nei Yisrael were to begin counting the days from […]

Holiday Greetings: Happy Sigd from #Sigd #ChagSigdSameach would like to wish all who remember and observe a happy Sigd. According to Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) tradition, Sigd commemorates the day that YAH first revealed Himself to Moshe. The word “Sigd” is an Amharic word meaning “prostration,” bowing down” or “worship,” however, the Amharic word is originally derived from the Hebrew word “segida” meaning […]

Holidays: Sigd (סְגֵב‎‎) – “Prostration” – A Holiday of Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish Community) #Sigd

Shalom everyone! Sigd is celebrated by Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish community) on the 29th day of the eighth month (Cheshvan) on the Hebrew Calendar. The holiday falls exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur on the Hebrew calendar, corresponding to late October or late November on the Gregorian calendar. Background According to Beta […]

Holiday Greetings: An Easy, Meaningful Fast and G’mar Chatima Tovah from! #5778 #YomKippur wish all who remember and observe an easy and meaningful fast and “G’mar Chatima Tovah” (“A good final sealing”) this Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”).  Yom Kippur is a biblical holiday Yah commanded B’nei Israel to commemorate annually on the tenth day of the seventh month (1oth of Tishrei/Ethanim), with a […]

Hebrew Calendar: The Twelfth Month (“Adar”)

Shalom everyone! The Twelfth Month of the Hebrew calendar became known as “Adar” and the sixth month of the “civil year”, after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Adar” comes from the Akkadian word “adaru.” The month of Adar is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures in Esther 9:21. In leap years, Adar is preceded […]

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 […]

Hebrew Calendar: The Tenth Month (“Tevet”)

Shalom everyone! The Tenth Month of the Hebrew calendar became known as “Tevet” and the fourth month of the “civil year”, after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Tevet” comes from the Akkadian word “tebētu“ which means to “sink” or “sink down” due to the muddy conditions which occur during the rainy season. […]

Hebrew Calendar: The Ninth Month (“Kislev”)

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 […]

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.” […]

Hebrew Calendar: The Sixth Month (“Elul”)

Shalom everyone! The Sixth Month of the Hebrew calendar became known as  Elul and the twelfth month of the “civil year”, after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Sivan” is from the Akkadian word “elūlu” meaning “harvest.“ Elul has 29 days and typically occurs in Summer during the months of August to September on the Gregorian calendar. The following […]