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The Month of Kislev
Last Night of Chanukah - By <a href=''/k12364''>David Asher Brook</a>
Last Night of Chanukah - By David Asher Brook

Kislev is the ninth month on the Jewish calendar, counting from Nissan. It is best known for the holiday of Chanukah, which begins on the 25th of Kislev. The message of Chanukah is the eternal power of light over darkness—good over evil. Aside from commemorating the miraculous victory of the small and militarily weak Jewish army over the mighty Syrian-Greek empire, on Chanukah we celebrate the miracle of the oil. When the Jews sought to light the Temple menorah after the war, they found only one small jug of oil that had not been defiled by the pagan invaders. Miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days until new pure oil could be obtained. In commemoration, the sages instituted the eight-day festival of Chanukah, on which we kindle the menorah nightly to recall and publicize the miracle.

Chanukah is particularly significant to women, as it was Yehduit, with her wise and daring plan, who shifted the tide of war and began the Jewish victory.

Also during the month of Kislev, we celebrate the redemption of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad Chassidism. He was imprisoned on false charges by the czarist regime, where he faced the death penalty. These charges were reflective of spiritual charges brought against him in the heavenly court, for openly teaching the deepest insights of Torah. On the 19th of Kislev, he was cleared of all charges and freed, paving the way both physically and spiritually to continue teaching Chassidism. This day is referred to as the “New Year of Chassidism.”

Kislev Features
Concealment and Revelation
My very own roommate, Jen, the Japanese-American, looked at me and said, loud and clear, "Bad Jew… off to the showers with you!"
I love to entertain, and Chanukah is the perfect time to invite friends and family over for a holiday party. It’s so much fun to decorate the house and table in festive Chanukah attire.
The internal battle which we all experience can be largely avoided. One need only uncover the secret weapon which guarantees victory.
It seems that every year the dreidel-makers try to outdo themselves.
The Woman Who Saved the Day
Make sure you don’t tell anyone what’s inside until they cut it open . . .
The “New Year” of Chassidism
A Chanukah Lesson
Kislev Calendar
Special Days in Kislev
9 Kislev Birth & Passing of R. Dovber of Lubavitch
Kislev 9 is both the birthday and day of passing of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch, son of and successor to the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi...
13 Kislev Passing of Ravina II; Talmud completed
In the first decades of the 5th century, Rav Ashi (d. 427) and Ravina I (d. 421) led a group of the Amoraim (Talmudic sages) in the massive...
14 Kislev Rebbe's Marriage
On the 14th of Kislev, 1928, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, married Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneersohn (1901-1988), the...
19 Kislev Liberation of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi
On the 19th of Kislev of the year 5559 from creation (1798), Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi -- a leading disciple of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch (see...
20 Kislev Chaf Kislev - "Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism"
Continued celebration from the 19th of Kislev: The Rebbe was released from prison on the 19th, but his full freedom was only obtained late in the...
25 Kislev Chanukah Day 1
Chanukah Begins (we begin the Holiday by lighting the menorah the 24th at night). On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the...
Jewish History In Kislev
1 Kislev
Winter
As per the Talmud, the month of Kislev marks the onset of the winter season in the Holy Land and is... Read More »
1977 Lubavitcher Rebbe Returns Home after Heart Attack
For the first time since suffering a major heart attack five weeks earlier, on the eve of Shemini... Read More »
5 Kislev
1631 Passing of Maharsha
Kislev 5 is the yahrtzeit (date of the passing) of Rabbi Shemuel Eliezer Eidel's (1555-1631), known... Read More »
9 Kislev
1773; 1827 Birth & Passing of R. Dovber of Lubavitch
Kislev 9 is both the birthday and day of passing of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch, son of and successor... Read More »
10 Kislev
1826 Liberation of R. DovBer of Lubavitch
In 1826, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch (see calendar entry for yesterday, Kislev 9) was arrested on... Read More »
12 Kislev
1998 Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Kazen
Kislev 12 is the yahrtzeit (date of the passing) of Chabad.org's founding director Rabbi Yosef... Read More »
13 Kislev
475 CE Passing of Ravina II; Talmud completed
In the first decades of the 5th century, Rav Ashi (d. 427) and Ravina I (d. 421) led a group of the... Read More »
14 Kislev
1568 BCE Reuben Born
Reuben, the eldest son of Jacob and Leah, was born in Charan (Mesopotamia) on the 14th of Kislev of... Read More »
1928 Rebbe's Marriage
On the 14th of Kislev, 1928, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, married... Read More »
15 Kislev
188 CE Passing of Rabbi Judah the Prince
Rabbi Judah the Prince -- also known as Rabbeinu Hakadosh ("our holy master"), or simply as "Rabbi"... Read More »
16 Kislev
2104 BCE Noah’s Ark Comes to Rest on Mount Ararat
On this day, the bottom of the Noah's ark, submerged 11 cubits beneath the water's surface, touched... Read More »
1804 Pulver Purim
"Pulver Purim" was established by Rabbi Avraham Danzig (1748-1820) author of the halachic works... Read More »
17 Kislev
348 BCE Ezra Cries and Prays
On this day, Ezra the Scribe went up to the Holy Temple and fasted, prayed, and cried in public.... Read More »
18 Kislev
1237 Passing of R. Abraham Maimuni
Rabbi Abraham Maimuni HaNagid (also called "Rabbi Avraham ben HaRambam") was the only son of... Read More »
1811 Passing of R. Baruch Mezhibuzher
Rabbi Baruch was the son of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov's daughter, Adel, and her husband, Rabbi... Read More »
19 Kislev
1772 Passing of Maggid
Rabbi DovBer, known as "The Maggid of Mezeritch", was the disciple of, and successor to, the founder... Read More »
1798 Liberation of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi
On the 19th of Kislev of the year 5559 from creation (1798), Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi -- a... Read More »
1798 Rebbetzin Menuchah Rachel born
On the very day that Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi was liberated from prison (see above), a... Read More »
20 Kislev
347 BCE Ezra's Address
Ezra, head of the Sanhedrin and the leader of the Jewish people at the time of the building of the... Read More »
1796 Tanya Published
The first printing of the "bible of Chassidism", the Tanya, the magnum opus of Rabbi Schneur Zalman... Read More »
21 Kislev
313 BCE Alexander in Jerusalem
On Kislev 21 of the year 3448 from creation (313 BCE), there occurred the historic meeting between... Read More »
1944 Satmar Rebbe Rescued
The Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum (1887-1979), was rescued from the Bergen-Belsen concentration... Read More »
22 Kislev
1585 Passing of Rabbi Eliezer ben Eliyahu Ashkenazi
Rabbi Eliezer ben Eliyahu Ashkenazi (1512-1585) was a highly regarded Talmudist, as well as a... Read More »
23 Kislev
1348 Jews Accused of Poisoning the Wells during the Black Plague
As the “Black Death” plague decimated Europe, Christians accused the Jews of causing the plague by... Read More »
24 Kislev
353 BCE Construction of the Second Temple Resumes
In the first year of rule of Cyrus, the King of Persia, Jews were given permission to return to... Read More »
25 Kislev
3720 BCE Cain Kills Abel
The first murder in history occurred on the 25th of Kislev in the year 41 from creation (3720 BCE)... Read More »
1312 BCE Mishkan completed
The vessels, tapestries, wall sections and other components of the Mishkan (the portable sanctuary or... Read More »
139 BCE Chanukah Miracle
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in... Read More »
1904 R. Chizkiah Medini
Kislev 25 is the yahrtzeit (date of passing) of Rabbi Chaim Chizkiah Medini (1832-1904), author of... Read More »
26 Kislev
139 BCE 2nd Day of Chanukah Miracle
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in... Read More »
1198 Raavad's Passing
Rabbi Avraham ben David of Posquieres (Provence), known by the acronym "Raavad", wrote the famed... Read More »
1763 Oldest US Synagogue Dedicated
On this date, the "Touro Synagogue" was dedicated in Newport, Rhode Island. The synagogue, named... Read More »
27 Kislev
2105 BCE Flood rains cease
The forty days and nights of rainfall which covered the face of earth with water in Noah's time ended... Read More »
139 BCE 3rd Day of Chanukah Miracle
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in... Read More »
1817 Passing of R. Chaim of Tchernovitz
Rabbi Chaim of Tchernovitz (1760-1817) was a disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch and of Rabbi Yechiel... Read More »
1800 2nd liberation of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi
Two years after his arrest and liberation in 1798 (see entries for "Kislev 19" and here), Rabbi... Read More »
28 Kislev
139 BCE 4th Day of Chanukah Miracle
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in... Read More »
29 Kislev
139 BCE 5th Day of Chanukah Miracle
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in... Read More »
30 Kislev
139 BCE 6th Day of Chanukah Miracle
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in... Read More »
Laws & Customs For Kislev
1 Kislev
Today is Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") for the month of Kislev. Special portions are added to... Read More »
7 Kislev
Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah... Read More »
13 Kislev
In last night’s evening prayers we begin inserting the request for rain, “v’tein tal umatar,” in the... Read More »
19 Kislev
Chassidim joyfully celebrate today and tomorrow as the Rosh Hashanah ("new year") of Chassidism (see... Read More »
20 Kislev
The Rosh Hashanah ("new year") of Chassidism, marking the liberation of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi... Read More »
24 Kislev
The eight-day festival of Chanukah begins tonight. In commemorartion of the miracle of the oil (see... Read More »
25 Kislev
Today is the first day of the eight-day festival of Chanukah. In commemoration of the miracle of the... Read More »
Special prayers of thanksgiving -- Hallel (in its full version) and Al HaNissim -- are added to the... Read More »
On Chanukah we eat foods fried in oil -- such as latkes (potato cakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts) ... Read More »
It is customary to play dreidel -- a game played with a spinning top inscribed with the... Read More »
It is an age-old custom to distribute gifts of Chanukah gelt ("Chanukah money") to children on... Read More »
26 Kislev
In commemoration of the miracle of Chanukah (see "Today in Jewish History" for Kislev 25) we kindle... Read More »
Special prayers of thanksgiving -- Hallel (in its full version) and Al HaNissim -- are added to the... Read More »
On Chanukah we eat foods fried in oil -- such as latkes (potato cakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts) ... Read More »
It is customary to play dreidel -- a game played with a spinning top inscribed with the... Read More »
It is an age-old custom to distribute gifts of Chanukah gelt ("Chanukah money") to children on... Read More »
27 Kislev
In commemorartion of the miracle of Chanukah (see "Today in Jewish History" for Kislev 25) we kindle... Read More »
Special prayers of thanksgiving -- Hallel (in its full version) and Al HaNissim -- are added to the... Read More »
On Chanukah we eat foods fried in oil -- such as latkes (potato cakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts) ... Read More »
It is customary to play dreidel -- a game played with a spinning top inscribed with the... Read More »
It is an age-old custom to distribute gifts of Chanukah gelt ("Chanukah money") to children on... Read More »
28 Kislev
This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim ("the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is... Read More »
Special prayers of thanksgiving -- Hallel (in its full version) and Al HaNissim -- are added to the... Read More »
In commemorartion of the miracle of Chanukah (see "Today in Jewish History" for Kislev 25) we kindle... Read More »
29 Kislev
In commemoration of the miracle of Chanukah (see "Today in Jewish History" for Kislev 25) we kindle... Read More »
Special prayers of thanksgiving -- Hallel (in its full version) and Al HaNissim -- are added to the... Read More »
On Chanukah we eat foods fried in oil -- such as latkes (potato cakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts) ... Read More »
It is customary to play dreidel -- a game played with a spinning top inscribed with the... Read More »
It is an age-old custom to distribute gifts of Chanukah gelt ("Chanukah money") to children on... Read More »
30 Kislev
Today is the first of the two Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") days for the month of Tevet (when a... Read More »
In commemoration of the miracle of Chanukah (see "Today in Jewish History" for Kislev 25) we kindle... Read More »
Special prayers of thanksgiving -- Hallel (in its full version) and Al HaNissim -- are added to the... Read More »
On Chanukah we eat foods fried in oil -- such as latkes (potato cakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts) ... Read More »
It is customary to play dreidel -- a game played with a spinning top inscribed with the... Read More »
It is an age-old custom to distribute gifts of Chanukah gelt ("Chanukah money") to children on... 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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