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Throughout the centuries, Cheshvan has been a time of suffering for the Jewish people. It is also called the “mar” in Hebrew. However, the modern form of the month has no connection to its roots. The word “mar” is also read as “mister,” which has been interpreted as a Hebrew word for bitter. It is also associated with the rainy season.
According to the Hebrew Bible, Cheshvan is the eighth month of the year, or the “eighth month” as it was called in the Babylonian Exile. King Solomon completed the seven-year construction of the First Temple during the month of Cheshvan. The month is also believed to be the time when Noah’s Flood began. The story is told in the Tanach.
Originally, the month of Cheshvan was supposed to be the beginning of the flood, but was postponed until a seven-day mourning period was allowed for Noah. It is thought that the month of Cheshvan was also the month in which Noah planted seeds for new growth. During this time, the water from the flood dissolved the earth of its corruption, and the flood began to cleanse the earth. The flood also began to water the seeds, and the resulting flood nourished the new growth.
Some Kabbalists believe that the flood was a positive event, and that the greatest potential for light is in the darkness. This belief is reflected in the second benediction of the Amidah prayer. It extols HaShem as the Powerful One. It also identifies the twelve tribes of Israel.
Other rabbis, however, believe that the month of Cheshvan is an obscure month. The sages debated whether the seventh and eighth days of the month are actually part of the month or not. They determined that the seventh day was the first of the month, and that the eighth day was the first of the solar year. This is because a leap year has a minimum of 383 days. It is permitted to fall within this number, but if the calendar does not fall within the required number of days, a leap year is not allowed. It is also possible to have a “leap year” with a shorter number of days, as long as it falls within the 383-day limit.
In modern times, the month of Cheshvan is associated with hardship, and is often considered the dark month. It is a month of judgment. It is also the eighth month of the Jewish calendar. Some Chabad communities promote marriage during this month. Some Sephardic communities also recite penitential prayers during this time. It is the only month in the Hebrew calendar that does not have any special holidays. This makes Heshvan unique. This month also has the honor of being the only month with no out-of-the-ordinary days.
In the Hebrew Bible, the month of Cheshvan was also known as Bul. The term Bul, which means “drying up,” was used to describe the grass that had dried up from the flood. It is also thought that the word Bul refers to the feed mixing that takes place in a house for animals.
Counting from Nisan, Kislev is the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar. It is also known as Kisleu in the King James Bible and Arah Kislimu in the Babylonian calendar.
It is a month of long dark nights. People tend to retreat to warm homes during this season. This is because of the innate hibernation instinct. A new moon, the first lunar phase, signals the beginning of a new month. The days get shorter as we progress through Kislev. It is one of the darkest months of the year.
The zodiac symbol of Kislev is a bow. The Bible attributes the art of archery to the tribe of Benjamin. This is reflected in the fact that Chanukah begins on the 25th day of Kislev. This festival is also known as the Festival of Lights.
The Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar calendar. It determines when Jewish holidays fall and which sections of the Torah to read. Every point in the calendar has its own unique energy. These unique energies are revealed in the weekly Torah portions during this month. The central theme of the “third month” is Matan Torah, or the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people.
The name of the month Kislev is derived from the Hebrew word kesel, which means setting or established thing. It is the ninth ecclesiastical month of the Hebrew calendar and is numbered 29 or 30 days. As a result, the month is classified as a defective month. There are three types of defective months in the Hebrew calendar: Cheshvan, Tammuz, and Iyar. Each of these months has a defect of 29 days. The last of these months, Elul, is always defective.
The Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar one, meaning that the dates of Jewish holidays are determined by the phases of the Moon. As a result, a leap year replaces the month of Adar with two additional months. This is done in leap years to ensure that the Jewish calendar months fall in the same seasons. In a leap year, Adar is replaced with Adar II, which is the thirteenth additional month of the Hebrew calendar. In addition, three days are added to each month of Cheshvan and Kislev at each 19 year period.
This leap year was the year that Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi was freed from prison. He was a disciple of the Magid of Mezritch, who was the second Chabad Rebbe. The date of the liberation of Rabbi Shneur Zalman was 19 Kislev, which is celebrated by Chabad Chassidim as Yud Tes Kislev. This date marks the light of Chassidus coming out of exile in Russia.
According to the Sefer Yetzirah, Kislev corresponds to the astrological sign of Keshet. This is a month that is associated with eternal illumination of darkness. In addition, the month is considered to be the “month of dreams.” During this month, a wolf, a symbol of Jacob, appears. This wolf symbolizes the human craving for food and the ability to excite others about G-d.