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Marcheshvan       Kislev (כִּסְלֵו)       Tevet

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights,
begins on the 25th of Kislev.
Month Number:9
Number of Days:30 (sometimes 29)
Gregorian Equivalent:November–December

Kisle (Hebrew: כִּסְלֵו, Standard) Kislev Tiberian Kislēw; also Chislev[1] is the third month of the civil year and the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar.

In a regular (kesidran) year Kislev has 30 days, but because of the Rosh Hashanah postponement rules, in some years it can lose a day to make the year a "short" (chaser) year. Kislev is an autumn month which occurs in November–December on the Gregorian calendar and is sometimes known as the month of dreams. The name of the month may be taken from Akkadian kislimu, which means "inspissated, thickened" due to plentiful rains. But the name may also derive from the Hebrew root K-S-L as in the words "kesel, kisla" (hope, positiveness) or "ksil" (Orion, a constellation that shines especially in this month) - because the expectation and hope for rains.

Holidays in Kislev[edit]

25 Kislev—2 Tevet - Hanukkah – ends 3 Tevet if Kislev is short

Kislev in Jewish history[edit]

15 Kislev - (162 BCE) - The Greeks set up the "Abomination of Desolation" in the Temple

20 Kislev - (347 BCE) - Ezra's address

25 Kislev - (162 BCE) The Greeks make pagan sacrifices in the Temple

25 Kislev - (164 BCE) - The Hanukkah miracle
27 Kislev - (2105 BCE) - Flood rains cease

References In fiction[edit]


  1. ^ "Chislev". Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary. The Free Dictionary (Farlex). 1913. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 

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