Category: Hebrew Calendar

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 […]

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 […]

Hebrew Calendar: The Fifth Month (“Av”)

Shalom everyone! The Fifth Month of the Hebrew calendar became known as  “Av” and eleventh month of the civil year, after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Av” comes from the Akkadian word “Abu“ which means “father.” In Hebrew, the word “Av” also means “father.” The Fifth Month has 30 days and typically occurs in Summer during the […]

Hebrew Calendar: The Fourth Month

Shalom everyone! The Fourth Month of the Hebrew calendar later became known as “Tamuz” and the tenth month of the “civil year” after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Tamuz” comes from the Assyrian-Babylonian month “Arah Dumuzu“ named in honor of the Assyrian-Babylonian deity “Tamuz.” The Fourth Month has 29 days and typically occurs in Summer during the […]

Hebrew Calendar: The Months of the Year

Shalom everyone! The Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar calendar used by the House of Israel to determine the dates of mo’edim (appointed times), Torah readings and other sacred and cultural observances. The calendar is “lunisolar” because the months of the calendar are based on lunar months (with each new […]

Hebrew Calendar: The Days of the Week

  Shalom everyone! On the Hebrew calendar, a week is a cycle of seven days, which mirrors the account of the seven-day period of the World’s creation found in Genesis (Bereshit) 1:1 – 2:3. The names of the days of the week correspond to the day number upon […]