Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, the first day of the Eighth Month, also known as Bul begins sundown Saturday, October 17, 2020 on the Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan will last two days, from sundown Saturday, October 18, 2020/Yom Rishon, Tishrei 30 5781, through sundown Monday, October 19, 2020/Yom Sheni, Cheshvan 1 5781. “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from Bnei Yisrael Society to all who celebrate!“Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from Bnei Yisrael Society to all who celebrate!
About This Month
Cheshvan, is the Eighth Month of the ecclesiastical Hebrew calendar. Archaeological sources suggest that prior to the Babylonian Exile, this month was known as “Bul,” which is a named month in the Tanakh. The word “Bul” is a Canaanite-Phoenician word meaning “rain (for crops).” Bul later became known as “Marcheshvan” after the Babylonian exile. The word “Marcheshvan” comes from the Akkadian word “waraḫsamnu” which means “eighth month.” Marcheshvan is sometimes shortened to “Cheshvan.”
The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the month of Cheshvan/Marchesvan:
- 29 of Cheshvan – Sigd
The following are some of the significant events in Bnei Yisrael history which occurred during the month of Cheshvan/Marchesvan:
- Cheshvan (Bul) – The First Holy Temple, built by King Solomon, was completed.
- Cheshvan (Bul) – Zechariah son of Berachiah received his first prophetic word from The Almighty.
- Cheshvan (Bul) 15 – King Jeroboam of the Northern Kingdom, Yisrael, held an alternative feast to Sukkot in Bethel.
For more information on the Eighth Month, Cheshvan, please watch our video, WATCH: Hebrew Calendar: The Eighth Month – Cheshvan (Bul) – Mar 04 2020.