Shalom everyone! Rosh Chodesh Ethanim, the first day of the Seventh Month, also known as Ethanim, begins sundown Sunday, September 9, 2018 on the ecclesiastical Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). Rosh Chodesh Ethanim marks also marks the mo’ed of Yom Teruah. In the Northern Hemisphere, this month’s full moon is known as the “Harvest Moon.” “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from Twelve Totems to all who celebrate!
About This Month
Ethanim is the Seventh Month of the ecclesiastical Hebrew calendar. The word “Ethanim” is a Canaanite-Phoenician word meaning “perpetual (streams).” After the Babylonian Exile, the Seventh Month became known as “Tishrei.” The word “Tishrei” comes from the Akkadian word “tašrītu” which means “beginning.” On the civil Hebrew calendar, Ethanim (Tishrei) is the first month and the count of the year is increased by one on the first day of this month.
The following are the holidays and special events that occur during the month of Ethanim (TIshrei):
- 1 of Ethanim – Yom Teruah (Also known as 1 of Tishrei, Rosh haShanah)
- 3 of Ethanim– Tzom Gedaliah (Fast Day)
- 10 of Ethanim – Yom HaKippurim (Fast Day)
- 15-21 of Ethanim – Sukkot
- 21 of Ethanim – Hoshanah Rabbah
- 22 of Ethanim – Shemini Atzeret
The following are some of the significant events in Israelite history which occurred during the month of Ethanim (TIshrei):
- 1 of Ethanim (c. 3760 BCE) – Anniversary of the Creation of the World.
- 1 of Ethanim– The Flood – the mouths of the abysses of the Earth were opened and the waters began to descend into them.
- 3 of Ethanim (c. 582 BCE) – Assassination of Gedaliah; now a fast day. (According to many opinions, the assassination actually occurred on Rosh Hashanah, but the commemoration of the event is postponed to the day after the festival).
- 5 of Ethanim (2130 AM) – Birth of Naphtali, son of Jacob
- 7 of Ethanim (2134 AM) – Birth of Zevulun, son of Jacob
- 7 of Ethanim (2134 AM) – Birth of Dinah, son of Jacob
- 8 of Ethanim (c. 826 BCE) – 14-day dedication of Solomon‘s Temple begins.
- 10 of Ethanim (c. 1313 BCE) – Moses returns from a final trip to Mount Sinai, bearing a second set of tablets and a message of forgiveness for the Golden Calf.
- Ancient Calendars – Canaan
- Ancient Hebrew Forum – The Names of the Months in the Ancient Hebrew Calendar
- Feast of First Fruits and the Ancient Canaanite Calendar