Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the first day of the Tenth Month, begins sundown Tuesday, December 15, 2020, on the Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from Bnei Yisrael Society to all who celebrate!
About This Month
Tevet is the Tenth Month of the Hebrew calendar. Archaeological sources suggest that prior to the Babylonian Exile, this month was known as Pagrim. The word “Pagrim” is a Canaanite-Phoenician word meaning “corpses (of plants).” After the Babylonian Exile, the Tenth Month became known as “Tevet.” 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.
The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the month of Tevet:
- 10 of Tevet – Tzom HaAsiri/Asara b’Tevet – (Fast of the Tenth Month)
The following are some of the significant events in Bnei Yisrael history which occurred during the month of Tevet:
- Tevet 1 – Esther was brought for the first time to King Achashverosh‘s palace.
- Tevet 10 – The Babylonian Army laid siege to Jerusalem.
- Tevet 10 – King Achashverosh chose Esther to be his Queen.
- Tevet 24 – Seventy-two elders of the Yehudim in Alexandria began translating the Hebrew Bible into Greek. This translation became known as the Septuagint.
For more information on the Tenth Month, Tevet, please watch our video, WATCH: Hebrew Calendar: The Tenth Month – Tevet – Mar 04 2020.