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)
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).
Shevat’s stone in the High Priest’s breastplate is the Tarshish (Peridot)
“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.
Notable Dates in the Month of Shevat
Birth of Asher, son of Jacob