Film: “Falasha – Exile of the Black Jews (גלות של יהודי אתיופיה ביתא ישראל) Beta Israel” (1984) – Simcha Jacobovici

Shalom everyone! The following is a film called “Falasha – Exile of the Black Jews,” which tells the heart-wrenching story of the plight of Jews of Ethiopia. The film, written, directed and produced by renown historian and journalist Simcha Jacobovici, was first released in 1984. It is important to […]

Film: “The Jewish Kingdom of Kush” – Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) History – Documentary – Ibrahim Omer

Shalom everyone! The following is a documentary about the ancient Jewish Kingdom of Kush, presented by researcher Ibrahim Omer in 2013 at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Monterey, California. The research supports the theory that the Ethiopian Jewish (Beta Israel) community are direct descendants of the […]

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 […]

Holidays: The Special Torah Portions for Holidays

Shalom everyone! The following is a list of the Special Torah portions for holidays, including Festivals, Fast Days and Special Sabbaths, read during an annual cycle on the Hebrew calendar, along with their corresponding haftarah portions. The haftarah portions listed are the most commonly-read portions within the Yemenite community: Key: Y=Yemenite […]

The Weekly Torah Portion – Parashat ha-Shavua

Shalom everyone! The Weekly Torah Portion or “Parashat ha-Shavua,” “parashah,” or “parsha,” is a section of the Torah that is read publicly and aloud each week in during Jewish prayer services. The regular weekly Torah portion is read in full during Shabbat (Saturday) morning services, and in part during Shabbat […]

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 […]

The Tanakh – Hebrew Bible

The Tanakh is the canonical collection of 24 Jewish texts that form the Hebrew Bible. The word “Tanakh” is really an acronym of the first Hebrew letter of each of the three major traditional subdivisions of the Hebrew Bible in the Masoretic Text: Torah (“Teaching” or the Five […]

Welcome to TwelveTotems.org!

Shalom world! Welcome to TwelveTotems.org, a blog created to facilitate the return of the Erverh (African/Hebrew) people to the path of correct relationship with the Creator of the Universe through Torah. In African culture, a totem serves as a emblem or symbol of a group of people such as […]