Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Marpa’im, the first day of the Ninth Month, also known as Kislev, begins sundown Wednesday, November 7, 2018 on the ecclesiastical Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). In the Northern Hemisphere, this month’s full moon is also called the “Beaver Moon.” “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from Twelve Totems 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) – Chanukkah
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).
- 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