Holiday Greetings: Chodesh Tov! Rosh Chodesh Pe’ulot, Shevat (Eleventh Month) 2019 #NewMoon

Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Pe’ulot, the first day of the Eleventh Month, begins sundown Sunday, January 6, 2019, on the Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from to all who celebrate!

About This Month

Pe’ulot is the Eleventh Month of the ecclesiastical Hebrew calendar. 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 Pe’ulot (Shevat):

  • 15 of Pe’ulot (Shevat) – Tu BiShvat

The following are some of the significant events in Israelite history which occurred during the month of Pe’ulot (Shevat):

  • 1 of Pe’ulot – Moses repeats the Torah (Deuteronomy 1:3)
  • 2 of Pe’ulot (2132 AM/circa 1628 BCE) – Birth of Asher, son of Jacob
  • 24 of Pe’ulot (517 BCE) – Zechariah‘s prophecy (Zechariah 1:7-16)
  • 28 of Pe’ulot (Shevat) (circa 134 BCE) – Antiochus V abandoned his siege of Jerusalem and his plans for the city’s destruction. This day was observed as a holiday in Hasmonean times. (Megilat Taanit)


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