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|← Marcheshvan Kislev (כִּסְלֵו) Tevet →|
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights,
begins on the 25th of Kislev.
|Number of Days:||30 (sometimes 29)|
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.
15 Kislev - (162 BC) - The Greeks set up the "Abomination of Desolation" in the Temple
20 Kislev - (457 BC) - Ezra's address
25 Kislev - (167 BC) The Greeks make pagan sacrifices in the Temple
25 Kislev - (164 BC) - The Hanukkah miracle
27 Kislev - (2105 BC) - Flood rains cease