Tishrei (תִּשְׁרֵי‎‎ in Hebrew) is the 7th month of the Hebrew year and contains three major Jewish holidays. It usually overlaps with September and October in the solar calendar
Tishrei is the 7th Hebrew month and contains Judaism’s High Holy Days: “Rosh Hashana,” the Jewish New Year, “Yom Kippur,” the Day of Atonement, and the holiday of “Sukkot,” the Feast of Tabernacles.


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Yoseph was Rachel’s firstborn with Jacob. His brothers threw him into a pit then sold him to merchants, who then sold him as a slave in Egypt. After resisting the temptation of his master’s wife, he was thrown in jail. Due to his dream interpretation powers, Pharaoh made Yoseph the viceroy of Egypt. In that role, Yoseph saved Egypt and the entire known world from a massive famine. He later brought his father, brothers and their families to Egypt, setting the stage for the eventual Egyptian slavery and miraculous Exodus.
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).

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).



Tishrei’s stone in the High Priest’s breastplate is the Shoham (Beryl)

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



Rosh Hashana/
New Year


In the Torah, Rosh Hashana is called Yom Teruah (The Day of the Shofar blast), as well as Yom HaZikaron (The Day of Remembrance). It is a day of judgment and the sound of the shofar is meant to arouse our souls to repent. The holiday is marked with prayer, shofar blasts, and festive meals, which often include symbolic foods such as pomegranates, whose many seeds are meant to symbolize the many good deeds we hope to have, as well as apples and honey, symbolizing the sweet year we pray for.

Fast of Gedaliah (Tishrei 3**) – Commemorates the assassination of Gedaliah, the governor of Judah in 582 BCE, as recounted in II Kings 25

Yom Kippur/
The Day of Atonement


During the ten days from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur, there is a special focus on repenting and self-improvement in both relationships between man and God and relationships between man and man. Yom Kippur is marked with a 25-hour period of fasting. Most of the day is spent praying in the synagogue.

On the holiest day of the year, in 1973, Israel’s Arab neighbors invaded the Jewish State, but God protected His people in a miraculous victory known as the Yom Kippur War. In our generation, non-Jews are embracing the Day of Atonement and there are at least 15 reasons why Christians fast on Yom Kippur.


(TISHREI 15-21)

The seven day holiday is celebrated by eating meals in a sukkah (temporary shelter), and shaking the Four Species (a citron fruit, frond of a palm tree, boughs of a willow and branches of a myrtle tree). There is an extra obligation to rejoice on this holiday.

According to the prophet Zachariah, in the end times, on the Feast of Tabernacles non Jews will flock to Jerusalem to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot with the Jewish people, a miracle that is occuring in our own generation! Rabbi Tuly Weisz explains the significance of the Sukkot holiday to non Jews in this video.

Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah/Eight day of Assembly and Rejoicing of the Torah (Tishrei 22*) – While the Torah only mentions celebrating the day with special sacrifices, this holiday has become a celebration of the Torah, as the yearly cycle of Torah reading concludes and begins again on Simchat Torah.

Notable Dates in the Month of Cheshvan

1 Tishrei

(3760 BCE)

According to Jewish tradition, Adam and Eve were created on this day.

9 Tishrei

(123 CE)

Death of Rabbi Elazar, son of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a great Sage and Kabbalist who lived in the Galilee after the Destruction of the Second Temple.

25 Tishrei

(1809 CE)

Death of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, the “defense attorney” of the Jewish people, who served as a community rabbi in Berditchev, Ukraine in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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In recent years, many non-Jews who are interested in exploring the Jewish roots of their Christian faith are embracing the Jewish High Holy Days.

Watch a cute video about Rosh Hashana that explains some of the Jewish customs of the holiday.

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