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The Month of Tevet
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Holy Land - By Alex Levin (artlevin.com)

Tevet is the 10th month on the Jewish calendar, counting from Nissan. Its name, which is mentioned in the book of Esther, was acquired in Babylonia, and shares a root with the Hebrew word tov, meaning “good.”

This month begins with the last days of Chanukah. By internalizing the message of the ever-increasing lights of the menorah—reminding us of the power of good over evil—we are able to reveal the good that is hidden in our lives and in the world around us.

The 10th of Tevet is a fast day, commemorating the start of the siege of Jerusalem in the year 3336 (425 BCE), which led to the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) three-and-a-half years later on the ninth of Av.

On a fast day, the Divine attribute of mercy is able to be drawn down into this world. By fasting over the destruction of the Temple, one “sweetens” G‑d’s anger with Israel, the cause of the destruction. Our sages explain, “Every generation for which the Temple is not rebuilt, is as though the Temple was destroyed for that generation.” As such, a fast day is not really a sad day, but an opportune day. It’s a day when we are empowered to fix the cause of that first destruction, so that our long exile will end, and we will find ourselves living in Messianic times. May that be very soon.

Tevet Features
Exploring the role of anger
10th of Tevet
The events leading up to the destruction of the Holy Temple
Discovering the Blessing in the Challenge
The day of the wedding arrived. But then tragedy struck . . .
The killers are driven by hate, the pundits and politicians by vanity and naiveté; together, they would rip the heart of Israel from its body
A Comic
Tevet Calendar
Special Days in Tevet
5 Tevet Sefarim victory
Tevet 5 is celebrated as a day of rejoicing in the Chabad-Lubavitch community. On this date in 1987, U.S. Federal Court issued a decision in...
10 Tevet Siege of Jerusalem
On the 10th of Tevet of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty...
20 Tevet Passing of Maimonides
Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader, known in the Jewish world by the acronym "Rambam" and to...
20 Tevet Printing of the Talmud
The first volume of the Babylonian Talmud, the tractate Berachot, was printed in Soncino, Italy, on the 20th of Tevet of the year 5244 from...
24 Tevet Passing of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi
The founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), passed away on the eve of the 24th of Tevet, 5573, at approximately...
Jewish History In Tevet
1 Tevet
362 BCE Esther made Queen
"And Esther was taken to King Achashverosh, to his palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of... Read More »
139 BCE 7th Day of Chanukah Miracle
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in... Read More »
2 Tevet
139 BCE 8th Day of Chanukah Miracle
On the 25th of Kislev in the year 3622 from creation, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in... Read More »
5 Tevet
1987 Sefarim victory
Tevet 5 is celebrated as a day of rejoicing in the Chabad-Lubavitch community. On this date in 1987... Read More »
8 Tevet
246 BCE Torah translated into Greek
In a second attempt to translate the Torah into Greek (after an unsuccessful attempt 61 years... Read More »
9 Tevet
313 BCE Passing of Ezra
Ezra, who led the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel after the Babylonian exile... Read More »
10 Tevet
425 BCE Siege of Jerusalem
On the 10th of Tevet of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor... Read More »
14 Tevet
Purim Hebron
On this day, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob came to the rescue of the Jewish community of Hebron, after an... Read More »
17 Tevet
1728 First New York Synagogue
In 1684, a group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who fled the Inquisition (see "Today in Jewish... Read More »
1754 Passing of Toldot Aaron
Rabbi Aaron Zelig ben Joel Feivush of Ostrog, Russia, author of Toldot Aaron, passed away on Tevet 17... Read More »
1841 Passing of Maggid of Dubna
Tevet 17 is also the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yaakov Wolf Krantz (1740-1804), the Maggid (itinerant... Read More »
18 Tevet
469 Huna Killed
The Exilarch ("Reish Galuta") of Babylonian Jewry, Huna Mori bar Mar Zutra, was executed in Pumpadita... Read More »
1841 Passing of B'nei Yissachar
The 18th of Tevet the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Shapiro of Dynov... Read More »
19 Tevet
1854 Judah Touro
The 19th of Tevet the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of American Jewish philanthropist Judah... Read More »
20 Tevet
1204 Passing of Maimonides
Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader, known in... Read More »
1483 Printing of the Talmud
The first volume of the Babylonian Talmud, the tractate Berachot, was printed in Soncino, Italy, on... Read More »
21 Tevet
1567 BCE Shimon Born
Shimon, the second son of Jacob and Leah and the progenitor of the Israelite tribe of Shimon, was... Read More »
22 Tevet
1623 Purim of the Curtains
After a respected Jew was falsely accused of stealing the royal curtains from the governor's palace... Read More »
23 Tevet
1496 Decree of Expulsion Issued for Portuguese Jews
Following the death of King Joao of Portugal in 1494, his son King Manuel I ascended the throne. When... Read More »
24 Tevet
1812 Passing of R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi
The founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), passed away on the eve... Read More »
1837 Safed Earthquake
A devastating earthquake struck northern Israel, killing four thousand Jews in Safed and between 700... Read More »
1852 Mt. Sinai Hospital
One of the first hospitals in America under Jewish direction, Mount Sinai Hospital, was founded in... Read More »
25 Tevet
1559 Chovat Halevavot published
Chovat Halevavot, the classical work on Jewish ethics, was authored by Rabbi Bachya ben Yosef ibn... Read More »
26 Tevet
1369 Sicilian Jews Forced to Wear Jewish Badges
On December 25, 1369 (5129), King Frederick III of Sicily ordered all Jews to wear a badge indicating... Read More »
27 Tevet
1888 Passing of R. Samson Raphael Hirsch
Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888), Talmudist, scholar, philosopher, prolific author and Rabbi... Read More »
28 Tevet
1567-1447 BCE Birthday and Passing of Shimon
According to sources cited in Seder Hadorot, Tevet 28 is both the birthday and the day of passing of... Read More »
81 BCE Sadducees ejected from Sanhedrin
Shimon ben Shetach successfully completed the expulsion of the Sadducees (a sect which denied the... Read More »
1879 Rebbetzin Chana Born
Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson (1879 (O.S.) - 1964), mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, was born on Tevet... Read More »
29 Tevet
Winter
According to Rabbi Judah (cited in the Talmud, Bava Metzia 106b), Tevet 29 marks the end of winter.... Read More »
2006 Passing of R. Yitzchak Kaduri
Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, known in recent years as "the eldest of the Kabbalists," in the Holy Land... Read More »
Laws & Customs For Tevet
1 Tevet
Today is the 2nd 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 »
2 Tevet
The eighth day of Chanukah is also known as Zot Chanukah (lit., "this is Chanukah"), after a key... Read More »
7 Tevet
Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah... Read More »
10 Tevet
Tevet 10 is observed as a day of fasting, mourning and repentance, in remembrance of the siege of... Read More »
26 Tevet
This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim ("the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is... Read More »
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