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The Month of Shevat
Fall - By <a href=''/k1377''>Zalman Kleinman</a>
Fall - By Zalman Kleinman

Shevat is the 11th month on the Jewish calendar counting from Nissan. The high point of the month is the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, known as the “New Year for Trees.” This is the day when the sap begins to rise in the fruit trees in Israel—the start of a new growing season.

Tu B’Shevat holds legal significance in Jewish law with regards to the tithing of fruit in Israel, but it’s also celebrated with joy as we look forward to the sweet bounty of the coming year. We mark the day by eating fruit, particularly from the ”Seven Kinds” that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the Holy Land (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates). On this day, we remember that “Man is a tree of the field” and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue.

Shevat contains two important dates on the Chassidic calendar. The 10th of Shevat marks the anniversary of the passing, in 1950, of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory. On the same date, exactly one year later, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, assumed the mantle of leadership and became the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe. The 22nd of Shevat is the anniversary of the passing, in 1988, of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson.

Shevat Features
Shevat teaches us how to widen the circles of sanctity and draw down holiness into our everyday lives.
When you come to think of it, a child needs the very same things a tree does in order to grow: "earth," "water," "sun" and "air"
A tree can help anchor a lost and disoriented person . . .
“I concluded my letter,” Dr. Greene recalls, “by saying that the Rebbe had best stick to his field of expertise, Torah, and leave science to scientists . . .”
A look at the various parts of the tree -- roots, trunk, branches, leaves, fruit and seeds -- and their corresponding elements within the human being
The sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, passed away on this date in 1950. Exactly one year later, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson accepted the leadership of the movement, and...
A brief biography of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson.
A Tribute to Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, of Righteous Memory
Shevat Calendar
Special Days in Shevat
10 Shevat Yud Shevat
Passing of Rebbetzin Rivka. Passing of R’ Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson. Lubavitcher Rebbe, R’ Menachem Mendel Schneerson, assumes leadership.
13 Shevat Passing of Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah Schneersohn
Wife of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneerson, and mother of the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah...
15 Shevat 15 Shevat - New Year for Trees
Tu B'Shevat. New Year for the trees.
22 Shevat Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson's Yahrtzeit
Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (b. 1901), wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, passed away on the 22nd of Shevat of the year 5748 (1988). For more on...
Jewish History In Shevat
1 Shevat
Moses Repeats the Torah
On the first of Shevat of the year 2488 from cretion Moses convened the Jewish people and began the... Read More »
2 Shevat
76 BCE Alexander-Yannai's death celebrated
Hashmonean King Alexander-Yannai (Jannaeus), an avowed enemy of the Jewish sages, died on this date.... Read More »
1800 Passing of R. Zusha of Anipoli
Shevat 2 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Chassidic Master Rabbi Meshulam Zusha of... Read More »
3 Shevat
1935 Passing of the Amshinover Rebbe
Shevat 3 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Yosef ben Rabbi Menachem Kalisch... Read More »
4 Shevat
1810 Passing of R. Abraham Kalisker
Rabbi Abraham of Kalisk (1741-1810) was a controversial figure in the 3rd generation of Chassidic... Read More »
1984 R. Israel Abuchatzera
Rabbi Israel Abuchatzera (1890-1984), known as "Baba Sali," was born in Tafillalt, Morocco to the... Read More »
5 Shevat
1905 R. Yehudah Leib Alter of Ger
Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter (1847-1905), the second Rebbe in the Chassidic dynasty of Ger -- known for... Read More »
6 Shevat
1393 Majorcan Jews Guaranteed Protection
The governor of Majorca issued an edict for the protection of the Jewish inhabitants, providing that... Read More »
7 Shevat
1814 Passing of Rabbi Dovid of Lelov
Chassidic master Rabbi Dovid Biederman of Lelov (1746-1814) was a disciple of the "Seer of... Read More »
8 Shevat
1228 BCE End of the “Elders Era”
The last of the Elders (z'keinim) who were contemporaries of Joshua and outlived him, passed away in... Read More »
9 Shevat
1970 "Moshiach's Torah Scroll" completed
The writing of the "Sefer Torah for the Greeting of Moshiach," initiated at the behest of the 6th... Read More »
10 Shevat
1777 Passing of the Rashash
Rabbi Shalom Sharabi, known by his name's acronym, the RaShaSH, was born in Yemen, and as a young man... Read More »
1914 Passing of Rebbetzin Rivkah
Rebbetzin Rivkah Schneerson was born in Lubavitch in 1833; her maternal grandfather was Rabbi DovBer... Read More »
1950 Yahrtzeit of R. Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn
The sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, passed away on Shabbat morning, the... Read More »
1951 Lubavitcher Rebbe formally assumes leadership
At a gathering of Chassidim marking the first anniversary of the passing of the sixth Lubavitcher... Read More »
11 Shevat
1510 Jews of Colmar Expelled
Three years after the request by the Council of Colmar, Emperor Maximilian I granted permission to... Read More »
1838 Birth of the "Chafetz Chaim"
Birth of the revered Torah scholar, pietist and Jewish leader Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (1838-1933) of... Read More »
12 Shevat
1943 Warsaw Ghetto Insurgency Begins
On January 18, 1943, the Germans began their second deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, which... Read More »
13 Shevat
1942 Passing of Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah Schneersohn
Wife of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneerson, and mother of the sixth Rebbe... Read More »
1945 Auschwitz Liberated
On January 27, 1945, the Russian army arrived in Auschwitz, the most infamous of the Nazi death... Read More »
14 Shevat
1755 Passing of Pnei Yehoshua
Shevat 14 is the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua Falk Katz (1680-1755), author of... Read More »
16 Shevat
c.1823 Passing of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Maroglis
Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Maroglis first served as rabbi in Brestitzki, Poland, and later in Dubno... Read More »
17 Shevat
1421 Purim Saragossa
A noxious plot was brewing against the Jewish community of Saragossa, but they were completely... Read More »
18 Shevat
1639 Twelve Jews Burnt at Auto De Fe in Peru
With the inquisition having arrived on American shores, twelve Jews were burnt in an auto de fe in... Read More »
19 Shevat
1349 Jews of Basel Burned Alive
With the Black Death raging throughout Switzerland, poison was reported to have been found in the... Read More »
20 Shevat
1562 BCE Asher born
Asher, the son of Jacob, was born on the 20th of Shevat of the year 2199 from creation (1562 BCE).... Read More »
21 Shevat
1657 First Jew Granted Residence in England
On February 4, 1657, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, issued the first residence permit to... Read More »
1689 Passing of Rabbi Moshe Galante (Galanti)
Rabbi Moshe Galanti II was born in Safed in 1620 and later moved to Jerusalem where he founded a... Read More »
22 Shevat
1859 Passing of Kotzker Rebbe
Passing of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk (1787-1859), renowned Chassidic leader, and forerunner of... Read More »
1988 Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson's Yahrtzeit
Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (b. 1901), wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, passed away on the 22nd... Read More »
23 Shevat
1188 BCE War on Benjamin
Armies of the Tribes of Israel converged upon the tribe of Benjamin in the aftermath of the... Read More »
24 Shevat
351 BCE Zachariah's Prophecy
"On the 24th day of the 11th month, which is the month of Shevat, in the second year of the reign of... Read More »
1888 Passing of Rebbetzin Menuchah Rachel
Rebbetzin Menuchah Rachel Slonim, daughter of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch and granddaughter of Rabbi... Read More »
25 Shevat
1883 Passing of Rabbi Israel Salanter
Passing of Rabbi Israel Lipkin (1810-1883), known as "Rabbi Israel Salanter," founder of the "Mussar"... Read More »
26 Shevat
1667 Passing of the Taz
Shevat 26 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Dovid ben Shmuel Halevi... Read More »
27 Shevat
1737 Passing of Rabbi Alexander Sender Schorr
Rabbi Alexander Sender Schorr was a direct descendant of Rabbi Yosef Bechor Schorr of Orleans, one of... Read More »
28 Shevat
2nd century BCE Hashmonean Holiday
On Shevat 28 (134 BCE?), Antiochus V abandoned his siege of Jerusalem and his plans for the city's... Read More »
29 Shevat
2003 Columbia Tragedy; Israeli Astronaut Perishes
On the morning of February 1, 2003, the Columbia Space Shuttle, returning from its STS-107 mission... Read More »
30 Shevat
1644 Tosfot Yomtov Appointed Rabbi of Krakow
The 30th of Shevat is celebrated by the descendents of Rabbi Yomtov Lipman Heller (1579-1654) as a... Read More »
Laws & Customs For Shevat
1 Shevat
Today is Rosh Chodesh (“Head of the Month”) for the month of Shevat. Special portions are added to... Read More »
4 Shevat
Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidim observe the special customs of the Shabbat prior to the yahrtzeit... Read More »
7 Shevat
Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah... Read More »
10 Shevat
Chabad Chassidim observe the customs of the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of the... Read More »
11 Shevat
This week's Torah reading contains the "song at the sea" sung by the Children of Israel upon their... Read More »
15 Shevat
Today is Tu B'Shevat ("the 15th of Shevat") which marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This... Read More »
25 Shevat
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, each Jew contributed an annual half-shekel to the Temple.... Read More »
This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim ("the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is... Read More »
30 Shevat
Today is the first of the two Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") days for the month of Adar (when a... Read More »
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The Jewish calendar follows the lunar year. The renewal of the moon, marks the beginning of the month. Rosh Chodesh, which means ‘head of the month’ celebrates the start of a new month on the Jewish calendar.

Throughout history our light has waxed and waned. But even in utter darkness, it has never been extinguished.

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The special connection between women and Rosh Chodesh harks way back to the episode of the Golden Calf, when the women refused to surrender their jewelry for use in making the idol. As a reward, they were given Rosh Chodesh as a special Holiday for women.

Rosh Chodesh celebrates the monthly renewal of the moon, after it wanes to the point of disappearance. Thus Rosh Chodesh celebrates the concept of perpetuity despite life’s peaks and plunges. It is the woman who through her steadfast faith that ensures our nation’s survival; it is she who ensures that no matter how much we wane, we will always be renewed.

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