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For the Warhammer Fantasy location, see Kislev (Warhammer). For the Russian surname, see Kiselyov.
Marcheshvan       Kislev (כִּסְלֵו)       Tevet

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights,
begins on the 25th of Kislev.
Month Number: 9
Number of Days: 30 (sometimes 29)
Season: Autumn
Gregorian Equivalent: November–December

Kislev (Hebrew: כִּסְלֵו, Standard) Kislev Tiberian Kislēw; also Chislev[1] is the third month of the civil year and the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar.

In a regular (kesidran) year Kislev has 30 days, but because of the Rosh Hashanah postponement rules, in some years it can lose a day to make the year a "short" (chaser) year. Kislev is an autumn month which occurs in November–December on the Gregorian calendar and is sometimes known as the month of dreams. The name of the month may be taken from Akkadian kislimu, which means "inspissated, thickened" due to plentiful rains. But the name may also derive from the Hebrew root K-S-L as in the words "kesel, kisla" (hope, positiveness) or "ksil" (Orion, a constellation that shines especially in this month) - because of the expectation and hope for rains.

Holidays in Kislev[edit]

25 Kislev—2 Tevet - Hanukkah – ends 3 Tevet if Kislev is short

Kislev in Jewish history and tradition[edit]

  • 15 Kislev (162 BC) - The Greeks set up the "Abomination of Desolation" in the Temple.[2]
  • 20 Kislev (circa 457 BC) - Ezra addresses a three-day assemblage of Jews in Jerusalem, telling them to adhere to the Torah and to dissolve their interfaith marriages.
  • 25 Kislev (167 BC) The Greeks make pagan sacrifices in the Temple[3]
  • 25 Kislev (164 BC) - The Hanukkah miracle
  • 27 Kislev (circa 2105 BC) - Flood rains cease (According to Genesis 6-8).

References In fiction[edit]


  1. ^ "Chislev". Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary. The Free Dictionary (Farlex). 1913. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Now the fifteenth day of the month Kislev, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Judah on every side." (1 Maccabees 1:54)
  3. ^ "Now the five and twentieth day of the month they did sacrifice upon the idol altar, which was upon the altar of God." (1 Maccabees 1:59)

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