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Shevat

Shevat

About

Shevat is the fifth month of the Hebrew year (or the eleventh month when counting from Nissan). Like all Hebrew months, the name Shevat is of Babylonian origin, corresponding to the constellation of the Water Bucket (Aquarius), visible in the night sky during this lunar month. Shevat usually overlaps the solar months of January and February.

Shevat, along with its original name, appears in the Book of Zechariah:

On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month of the second year of Darius—the month of Shevat—this word of Hashem came to the prophet Zecharya son of Berechya son of Ido.” (Zechariah 1:7)

Tribe

TRIBE

Asher

Asher symbolizes both prosperity and joy. He was blessed with having more than he needed and was especially rich in olive trees and oil. The joy he represents comes from the kind of happiness that one feels when they have even more than they need to survive.

Because Yoseph was such a great person, his father Jacob blessed him with two tribes under the leadership of his two sons Ephraim and Menashe (Manasseh).

Stone

Peridot

Shevat’s stone in the High Priest’s breastplate is the Tarshish (Peridot)

Bible Verse

“דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם שַׁבָּתוֹן זִכְרוֹן תְּרוּעָה מִקְרָא־קֹדֶשׁ”
da-BAYR el b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL lay-MOR ba-KHO-desh ha-sh’-vee-EE b’-e-KHAD la-KHO-desh yih-YEH la-KHEM sha-ba-TON zikh-RON t’-ru-AH mik-ra KO-desh

Speak to B’nei Yisrael thus: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete rest, a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts.

Leviticus 23:24

 

Holidays

Tu B’Shvat

(SHEVAT 15)

Known as the New Year of the Trees, the date is used to calculate the age of a tree for the purposes of tithing. For the past 500 years, it has become a celebration of the land of Israel and is often observed with a festive meal consisting of the 7 species of the Land of Israel and many other tree fruits.

Notable Dates in the Month of Shevat

2 Shevat

(1628 BCE)

Birth of Asher, son of Jacob

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