Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Pe’ulot, the first day of the Eleventh Month, begins sundown Sunday, January 6, 2019, 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 “Wolf Moon.” “Chodesh Tov” (“A Good Month”) from Twelve Totems 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)
- 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