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The Month of Cheshvan

MarCheshvan (sometimes called Cheshvan) is the second month of the Jewish calendar counting from Rosh Hashanah. Cheshvan is the only month that does not have any holidays or special mitzvot. We are taught that it is “reserved” for the time of Moshiach, who will inaugurate the Third Temple in the month of Cheshvan.

The great flood in the days of Noach began in this month, and it was a year later, also in the month of Cheshvan, that Noach left the ark.

In the month of Cheshvan, we commemorate the yahrtzeit (anniversary of passing) of our matriarch Rachel. She is buried on the road to Beit Lechem, where throughout the ages, and still today, Jews of all walks of life go to pray and beseech that she intercede on their behalf as a mother does for her child.

This month is the anticlimax of the previous month of Tishrei. With so many holidays and spiritual experiences, it was a feast for the soul—a vacation of sorts. Now, as we enter the month of Cheshvan, real life begins, back to the daily “mundane” grind. This is the time to take the inspiration and all that we gained in the month of Tishrei and integrate it into our lives, learning how to balance the spiritual and the physical elements of our life in unison and harmony.

Cheshvan Features
Silent Cleansing
How should the soul cope with the grind of daily life, without the spiritual heights and inspiration of the holiday season?
. . . but why he had to marry also Leah
The 11th of Cheshvan, the day of passing of our matriarch Rachel, is truly the Jewish Mother's Day…
Rachel is a continuous source of comfort to her children…
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The seven universal laws of life
To touch some of heaven’s radiance, then curve gracefully back towards the earth in a glorious ray of colors that are manmade reflections of G‑d’s truth and hope for mankind . . .
Cheshvan Calendar
Special Days in Cheshvan
7 Cheshvan Last Jew comes home
During the Second Temple Era (circa 230 BCE), Cheshvan 7 was the date on which the Jew most distant from the Holy Temple -- who resided on the banks...
11 Cheshvan Passing of Rachel
The matriarch Rachel died in childbirth on the 11th of Cheshvan of the year 2208 from creation (1553 BCE) while giving birth to her second son...
17 Cheshvan Great Flood Begins
The rains began to fall on the 17th of Cheshvan of the year 1656 from creation (2105), flooding the earth and rising above the highest mountains....
20 Cheshvan Birth of Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch
The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn (known by the acronym "Rashab"), was born on the 20th of Cheshvan of the year 5621...
Jewish History In Cheshvan
3 Cheshvan
1850 Passing of R. Israel of Ruzhin
The 3rd of Cheshvan is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of the famed Chassidic master Rabbi... Read More »
7 Cheshvan
2nd Temple Era Last Jew comes home
During the Second Temple Era (circa 230 BCE), Cheshvan 7 was the date on which the Jew most distant... Read More »
1933 Passing of R. Meir Shapiro
Passing of Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Lublin, founder of the daily "page a day" regimen of Talmudic study... Read More »
9 Cheshvan
1327 Passing of Rosh
The life and influence of Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel, known by the acronym "Rosh", straddled the two... Read More »
11 Cheshvan
2105 BCE Passing of Methuselah
Methuselah, the longest-lived human being of all time, died at the age of 969 years on the 11th of... Read More »
1553 BCE Passing of Rachel
The matriarch Rachel died in childbirth on the 11th of Cheshvan of the year 2208 from creation (1553... Read More »
1797 Passing of R. Nachum of Chernobyl
Rabbi Nachum of Chernobyl was a disciple of the second leader of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi DovBer... Read More »
12 Cheshvan
1995 Assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin, Commander-in-Chief of the IDF during the Six Day War and later Prime Minister of... Read More »
15 Cheshvan
139 BCE Passing of Mattityahu
In the 2nd century before the common era, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks)... Read More »
1938 Kristallnacht
On this night in 1938 and continuing into the next day -- November 9 on the secular calendar -- the... Read More »
17 Cheshvan
2105 BCE Great Flood Begins
The rains began to fall on the 17th of Cheshvan of the year 1656 from creation (2105), flooding the... Read More »
18 Cheshvan
Assassination of Meir Kahane
Born in 1932, Meir Kahane was a controversial American-Israeli rabbi and activist. In 1968, he... Read More »
20 Cheshvan
1860 Birth of Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch
The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn (known by the acronym "Rashab"), was... Read More »
22 Cheshvan
1755 Lisbon Earthquake
A great earthquake struck Lisbon, Portugal, destroying much of the city including the courthouse of... Read More »
23 Cheshvan
137 BCE Hasmonean Holiday
In Talmudic times, Cheshvan 23 was commemorated as the day on which the stones of the altar which... Read More »
27 Cheshvan
2104 BCE Flood ends
On the 27th of Cheshvan of the year 1657 from creation (2104 BCE) "the earth dried" (Genesis 8:14)... Read More »
29 Cheshvan
2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks
The city of Mumbai, India, was hit with a series of coordinated terror attacks, starting on... Read More »
Laws & Customs For Cheshvan
1 Cheshvan
Today is the second of the two Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") days for the month of Cheshvan... Read More »
The month of Cheshvan is also called "Mar-Cheshvan." Mar means "bitter" -- an allusion to the fact... Read More »
7 Cheshvan
In the Land of Israel, prayers for rain (i.e., adding the words v'ten tal u'matar to the appropriate... Read More »
Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah... Read More »
29 Cheshvan
This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim ("the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is... 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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