Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Shevat, the first day of the Eleventh Month, begins sundown Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 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
Shevat is the Eleventh Month of the Hebrew calendar. Archaeological sources suggest that prior to the Babylonian Exile, this month was known as “Pe’ulot.” The word “Pe’ulot” is a Canaanite-Phoenician word meaning “labors (of late planting).” After the Babylonian Exile, the Eleventh Month became known as “Shevat.” The word “Shevat” comes from the Akkadian word “Šabātu” which means to “strike” referring to the heavy rainfall during the season.
The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the month of Shevat:
- 15 of Shevat – Tu BiShvat
The following are some of the significant events in Bnei Yisrael history which occurred during the month of Shevat:
- Shevat 1 – Moses repeated the Torah to the Nation of Yisrael, exhorting the people to obey The Almighty‘s commandments.
- Shevat 24 – The prophet Zechariah received a prophetic word from The Almighty informing him that Babylonian captivity would soon end, the exiles would return to the Land of Yisrael, and the Holy Temple would be rebuilt.
- Shevat 28 – Greek ruler Antiochus V abandoned his siege and his plan to destroy the city of Jerusalem.
For more information on the Eleventh Month, Shevat, please watch our video, WATCH: Hebrew Calendar: The Eleventh Month – Shevat – Mar 04 2020.