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The Month of Tishrei
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Happy and Sweet New Year - By Esther Rosen

Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish year, bridges the summer and autumn months. It is a time for renewal and introspection as we begin a new year.

The month of Tishrei is full of momentous and meaningful days of celebration. Beginning with the High Holidays, in this month we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Ten Days of Repentance, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Each one is filled with its own meaningful customs and rituals. Some are serious, awesome days set aside for reflection and soul-searching. Some are joyous days full of happy and cheerful celebration.

But all of these days, throughout the month of Tishrei, are opportunities to connect, to be inspired, and to become more fulfilled and in tune with our true inner selves. Tishrei is considered the “head” of the year, and the reservoir from which we draw our strength and inspiration throughout the year ahead.

Take advantage of the opportunities this month and make every day significant. May it be a year of happiness, health, peace and prosperity.

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Tishrei Calendar
Special Days in Tishrei
3 Tishrei Passing of Rebbetzin Devorah Leah
Rebbetzin Devorah Leah, daughter of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi and mother of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (the "Tzemach Tzedek"), passed...
6 Tishrei Passing of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson
Tishrei 6 is the yahrtzeit of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson (1879-1964), mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Link: A biography of Rebbetzin Chana
Jewish History In Tishrei
1 Tishrei
3760 BCE Adam & Eve Created
On Tishrei 1 -- the sixth day of creation -- "G-d said: 'Let us make Man in Our image, after Our... Read More »
3760 BCE First Sin & Repentance
On the very day he was created, man committed the first sin of history, transgressing the divine... Read More »
2105 BCE Dove's 3rd Mission
On the 1st of Tishrei, on the 307th day of the Great Flood, Noach dispatched a dove from the ark, for... Read More »
1677 BCE Binding of Isaac; Sarah's Passing
Abraham's supreme test of faith -- his binding of Isaac in preparation to sacrifice him as per G-d's... Read More »
1746 Baal Shem Tov's vision of Moshiach
In a letter to his brother-in-law, Rabbi Gershon Kitover, the Baal Shem Tov relates: "On Rosh... Read More »
1923 Daf Yomi
The "Daf Yomi" daily regimen of Talmud study (in which the participant studies one folio a day to... Read More »
3 Tishrei
423 BCE Assassination of Gedaliah
Tishrei 3rd is a fast day mourning the assassination of the Jewish royal Gedaliah ben Achikam... Read More »
1792 Passing of Rebbetzin Devorah Leah
Rebbetzin Devorah Leah, daughter of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi and mother of Rabbi Menachem Mendel... Read More »
5 Tishrei
134 Rabbi Akiva martyred
The great Talmudic sage, Rabbi Akiva, was taken captive by the Romans on Tishrei 5 of the year 3894... Read More »
Birth of Naftali
Naftali, the son of Jacob and Bilhah, sixth of the Twelve Tribes, was born on the 5th of Tishrei. He... Read More »
6 Tishrei
1964 Passing of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson
Tishrei 6 is the yahrtzeit of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson (1879-1964), mother of the Lubavitcher... Read More »
8 Tishrei
826 BCE Temple Dedicated
The 14-day dedication festivities, celebrating the completion of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem built... Read More »
1791 Passing of R. Baruch
Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Baruch, father of the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of... Read More »
10 Tishrei
1677 BCE Rebecca Born
Birth of Rebecca (1677-1556 BCE), wife of Isaac, mother of Jacob and Esau, and one of the Four... Read More »
1313 BCE 2nd Tablets; Day of Forgiveness
On the 10th of Tishrei of the year 2449 from creation, 82 days after the people of Israel betrayed... Read More »
12 Tishrei
1776 Passing of R. Abraham "The Angel"
The 12th of Tishrei is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Abraham (1740-1776) the... Read More »
13 Tishrei
1837 Passing of R. Akiva Eiger
Passing of Rabbi Akiva Eiger (1761-1837), outstanding Talmudist and Halachic... Read More »
1882 Passing of Rebbe Maharash
Tishrei 13 is the yahrtzeit of the fourth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn, known... Read More »
18 Tishrei
1810 Passing of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
Passing of the famed Chassidic rebbe, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Ukraine (1772-1810). A great-grandson... Read More »
19 Tishrei
1797 Passing of Vilna Gaon
Passing of the famed Talmudist and Kabbalist, Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna (now Vilinus), Lithuania... Read More »
22 Tishrei
1977 Lubavitcher Rebbe Suffers Massive Heart Attack
While celebrating the joyous holiday hakafot with thousands of chassidim in the central... Read More »
25 Tishrei
1809 Passing of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev
Passing of the great Chassidic leader and advocate for the Jewish people, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of... Read More »
1839 Passing of Chatam Sofer
Tishrei 25th is the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Moshe Sofer of Pressburg (1762-1839), known as "Chatam Sofer"... Read More »
29 Tishrei
1508 Passing of Rabbi Don Isaac Abravanel
Today is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Don Isaac Abravanel (1437-1508), one of... Read More »
Laws & Customs For Tishrei
1 Tishrei
On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, we extend to one another greetings of Leshana Tovah Tekatev... Read More »
In the evening meal, we eat apple dipped in honey, the head of a fish, pomogranates , tzimmes (sweet... Read More »
In the course of the morning and musaf service, the shofar (ram's horn) is sounded one hundred times... Read More »
In the afternoon, the Tashlich prayer service, in which we ask G-d to "cast away our sins in the... Read More »
More on Rosh... Read More »
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashahnah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
2 Tishrei
When lighting candles and making kiddush on the eve of the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah, a "new fruit"... Read More »
As we did yesterday on the 1st day of Rosh Hashanah, we again sound the shofar (ram's horn) one... Read More »
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashahnah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
3 Tishrei
Mourning the killing of Gedaliah (see "Today in Jewish History"), we abstain from food and drink from... Read More »
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
4 Tishrei
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
5 Tishrei
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
6 Tishrei
The Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah, "Shabbat of Return." The... Read More »
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
7 Tishrei
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
8 Tishrei
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
In certain communities, it is customary to perform the Tashlich ceremony today (if the day doesn't... Read More »
9 Tishrei
In the early morning hours of the day preceding Yom Kippur, the Kaparot ("Atonement") ceremony is... Read More »
Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are... Read More »
The day before Yom Kippur is a Yom Tov, a festive day; for although we stand prepared to be judged in... Read More »
Both men and women immerse in a mikveh (ritual pool) to attain an extra measure of sanctity before... Read More »
It is customary to ask for and receive lekach (sweet cake -- signifying a sweet year) from someone... Read More »
Additional eve of Yom Kippur customs include receiving symbolic malkut ("lashings") as atonment for... Read More »
Yom Kippur ("Day of Atonement"), the holiest day of the year, begins this evening before sunset. Its... Read More »
The first of the five Yom Kippur prayer services, which begins with the solemn Kol Nidrei prayer, is... Read More »
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
10 Tishrei
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year -- the day on which we are closest to G-d and to the... Read More »
A Yom Kippur anthology About Yom Kippur (from... Read More »
Yizkor, the remembrance prayer for departed parents, is recited today after the morning reading of... Read More »
The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of... Read More »
Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah... Read More »
11 Tishrei
Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are... Read More »
It is customary to begin working on -- or at least planning -- the construction of the sukkah... Read More »
According to an old Chassidic tradition -- mentioned in the writings of the Baal Shem Tov -- the day... Read More »
12 Tishrei
Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are... Read More »
14 Tishrei
It is customary to prepare the "four kinds" for use on Sukkot, binding the three hadassim (myrtle... Read More »
15 Tishrei
The festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's enveloping protection of the Children of Israel during... Read More »
According to Kabbalistic tradition, we are visited in the sukkah by seven supernal ushpizin... Read More »
"And you shall take for yourself on the first day," instructs the Torah in Leviticus "the splendid... Read More »
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, one of the special Sukkot observances was to pour water on... Read More »
Links: A Sukkot Anthology; more Laws, Customs & Insights (from... Read More »
16 Tishrei
The festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's enveloping protection of the Children of Israel during... Read More »
"And you shall take for yourself on the first day," instructs the Torah in Leviticus "the splendid... Read More »
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, one of the special Sukkot observances was to pour water on... Read More »
17 Tishrei
The seven days of the festival of Sukkot consist of two days of "Yom Tov", followed by five days of... Read More »
The festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's enveloping protection of the Children of Israel during... Read More »
"And you shall take for yourself on the first day," instructs the Torah in Leviticus "the splendid... Read More »
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, one of the special Sukkot observances was to pour water on... Read More »
18 Tishrei
The festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's enveloping protection of the Children of Israel during... Read More »
"And you shall take for yourself on the first day," instructs the Torah in Leviticus "the splendid... Read More »
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, one of the special Sukkot observances was to pour water on... Read More »
The seven days of the festival of Sukkot consist of two days of "Yom Tov", followed by five days of... Read More »
19 Tishrei
The festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's enveloping protection of the Children of Israel during... Read More »
"And you shall take for yourself on the first day," instructs the Torah in Leviticus "the splendid... Read More »
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, one of the special Sukkot observances was to pour water on... Read More »
The seven days of the festival of Sukkot consist of two days of "Yom Tov", followed by five days of... Read More »
20 Tishrei
The festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's enveloping protection of the Children of Israel during... Read More »
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, one of the special Sukkot observances was to pour water on... Read More »
21 Tishrei
The seventh day of Sukkot is called "Hoshana Rabbah" and is considered the final day of the divine... Read More »
It is customary to remain awake on the night preceding Hoshanah Rabbah and study Torah. We recite the... Read More »
In addition to the Four Kinds taken every day of Sukkot, it is a "Rabbinical Mitzvah", dating back to... Read More »
A festive meal is eaten in the Sukkah. We dip the bread in honey (as we did in each festive meal... Read More »
The festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's enveloping protection of the Children of Israel during... Read More »
"And you shall take for yourself on the first day," instructs the Torah in Leviticus "the splendid... Read More »
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, one of the special Sukkot observances was to pour water on... Read More »
The seven days of the festival of Sukkot consist of two days of "Yom Tov", followed by five days of... Read More »
22 Tishrei
It is the practice of many communities -- and such is the Chabad custom -- to conduct "hakafot" and... Read More »
In today's musaf prayer we begin to insert the phrase mashiv haruach umorid hageshem ("who makes the... Read More »
Yizkor, the remembrance prayer for departed parents, is recited today after the morning reading of... Read More »
The festival of Sukkot, commemorating G-d's enveloping protection of the Children of Israel during... Read More »
Today is the last day when we eat in the sukkah (although the blessing on the sukkah, recited before... Read More »
Yizkor, the remembrance prayer for departed parents, is recited today after the morning reading of... Read More »
23 Tishrei
Today is Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing of the Torah"), on which we conclude, and begin anew, the annual... Read More »
Vzot Haberachah (Deuteronomy... Read More »
24 Tishrei
The day following a festival is called Isru Chag ("tied to the festival"). Tachnun (confession of... Read More »
27 Tishrei
The Shabbat after Simchat Torah is Shabbat Bereishit -- "Shabbat of Beginning" -- the first Shabbat... Read More »
This Shabbat is also Shabbat Mevarchim ("the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer... Read More »
30 Tishrei
Today is the first of the two Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") days for the month of Cheshvan (when... Read More »
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What Is Rosh Chodesh?
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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A Monthly Holiday for Women
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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