Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Marpa’im, the first day of the Ninth Month, also known as Kislev, begins sundown Wednesday, November 27, 2019 on the Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from Gevirah.com to all who celebrate!
About This Month
Marpa’im, the Ninth Month of the pre-exilic Hebrew calendar, later became known as “Kislev” after the Babylonian Exile. The word “Marpa’im” is a Canaanite-Phoenician word meaning “remedies (of plants).” 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 Marpa’im (Kislev):
- 25 of Marpa’im (Kislev) – 2 Pagrim (Tevet) – Chanukah
The following are some of the significant events in Israelite history which occurred during the month of Marpa’im (Kislev):
- 14 of Marpa’im (1568 BCE) – Birth of Reuben, son of Jacob.
- 14 of Marpa’im (1445 BCE) – Death of Reuben, son of Jacob.
- 15 of Marpa’im (Kislev) (167 BCE) – The Greeks set up the “Abomination of Desolation” in the Temple.
- 20 of Marpa’im (Kislev) (circa 457 BCE) – Ezra addresses a three-day assemblage of Jews in Jerusalem, telling them to adhere to the Torah and to dissolve their interfaith marriages.
- 21 of Marpa’im (Kislev) (circa 128 BCE) – The Samaritan temple at Mount Gerizim was destroyed by John Hyrcanus I.
- 25 of Marpa’im (Kislev) (167 BCE) The Greeks make pagan sacrifices in the Temple
- 25 of Marpa’im (Kislev) (164 BCE) – The Hanukkah miracle
- 27 of Marpa’im (circa 2105 BCE) – Flood rains cease (According to Genesis 6-8).