Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the first day of the Ninth Month, begins sundown Wednesday, November 23, 2022 on the Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). Rosh Chodesh Kislev will last two days, from sundown Wednesday, November 23, 2022 (Yom Revi’i, Cheshvan 30 5783), until nightfall Friday, October 25, 2022 (Yom Shishi, Kislev 1 5783). “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from Bnei Yisrael Society to all who celebrate!
About This Month
Kislev is the Ninth Month of the ecclesiastical Hebrew calendar. Archaeological sources suggest that prior to the Babylonian Exile, this month was known as Marpa’im. The word “Marpa’im” is a Canaanite-Phoenician word meaning “remedies (of plants).” After the Babylonian Exile, the Ninth Month became known as “Kislev” after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Kislev” comes from the Akkadian word “kislimu” which means “thickened” or “condensed” due to plentiful rains.
The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the month of Kislev:
- 25 of Kislev – 2 Tevet – Chanukah
The following are some of the significant events in Bnei Yisrael history which occurred during the month of Kislev:
- Kislev 15 – The Greeks set up the “Abomination of Desolation” in the Second Holy Temple.
- Kislev 17 – Ezra told the Yehudim of Jerusalem to follow the Torah and to dissolve their interfaith marriages.
- Kislev 21 – The Samaritan Temple at Mount Gerizim was destroyed by John Hyrcanus.
- Kislev 25 – The Greeks made sacrifices to their idols in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
- Kislev 25 – The miracle of Chanukah, took place after the Greeks were defeated, and the Holy Temple was cleansed and rededicated.