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Tu Bishvat, the New Year of the Trees, occurs
on the 15th of Shevat, which coincides with
the flowering of the almond tree in Israel.
Native nameשְׁבָט (Hebrew)
CalendarHebrew calendar
Month number11
Number of days30
SeasonWinter (Northern Hemisphere)
Gregorian equivalentJanuary–February
Significant daysTu Bishvat
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Shevat (Hebrew: שְׁבָט‎, Standard Šəvaṭ, Tiberian Šeḇāṭ; from Akkadian Šabātu) is the fifth month of the civil year starting in Tishre (or Tishri) and the eleventh month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar starting in Nisan. It is a month of 30 days. Shevat usually occurs in January–February on the Gregorian calendar. The name of the month was taken from the Akkadian language during the Babylonian Captivity. The assumed Akkadian origin of the month is Šabātu meaning strike that refers to the heavy rains of the season. [1] In Biblical sources, the month is first mentioned by this name in the book of prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 1:7).


In Jewish history and tradition[edit]

  • 1 ShevatMoses repeats the Torah (Deuteronomy 1:3)
  • 2 Shevat (circa 1628 BC) – Asher born
  • 10 Shevat (1950) - Death of the Previous Rebbe, the 6th Chabad Rebbe.
  • 10 Shevat (1951) the Lubavitcher Rebbe formally accepts the leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement by reciting the discourse "Bati Legani".
  • 17-18 Shevat — the minor Purim of Saragossa, where the Jews of Saragossa were saved from destruction at the hand of an informant. [2]
  • 22 Shevat (1988) - Death of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, who was married to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Rebbe
  • 24 Shevat (517 BC) – Zechariah's prophecy (Zechariah 1:7–16)
  • 28 Shevat (circa 134 BC) – Antiochus V abandoned his siege of Jerusalem and his plans for the city's destruction. This day was observed as a holiday in Hasmonean times.[3] (Megilat Taanit)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MikraotGedolot –". (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2024-01-11.
  2. ^ "Megillat Saragossa, a Purim Sheni legend for the 17th of Shevat". The Open Siddur Project. Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  3. ^ "Chabad Jewish Calendar". Chabad. Retrieved 21 February 2012.

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