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Iyar       Sivan (סִיוָן)       Tammuz
Bikkurim offerings in Nahalal, Israel

Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, marks the day the Torah
was given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai.
Bikkurim are given as offerings,
as in this picture from Nahalal, Israel in 2006.
Month number: 3
Number of days: 30
Season: Spring
Gregorian equivalent: May–June

Sivan (Hebrew: סִיוָן, Standard Sivan Tiberian Sîwān ; from Akkadian simānu, meaning "Season; time") is the ninth month of the civil year and the third month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a spring month of 30 days. Sivan usually falls in May–June on the Gregorian calendar.

Holidays in Sivan[edit]

Sivan in Jewish history[edit]

  • 1 Sivan (1096) – Worms Jews massacred by crusaders during morning prayers, after taking refuge in a local castle. (see "Iyar in Jewish History" for Iyar 8.)
  • 6 Sivan (circa 1313 BC) – The Torah was given to Moses at Mt. Sinai and thus observed as the holiday of Shavuot.
  • 4 Sivan (circa 1040 BC) – Birth of David.
  • 6 Sivan (1760) – Death of Baal Shem Tov
  • 7 Sivan (1834) – Safed Plunder breaks out
  • 13 Sivan (1648) – Chmielnicki Massacres
  • 20 Sivan (1171) – The first blood libel in France – tens of Jewish men and women were burned alive in the French town of Blois on the accusation that Jews used the blood of Christian children in the preparation of matzah for Passover.[citation needed]
  • 23 Sivan (474 BCE) – Mordechai and Esther sent letters so that the Jews shall prepare themselves for the annihilation plan orchestrated by Haman to be committed against them on the 13th of the following Adar.
  • 27 Sivan (1790) – Purim of Florence – the Jews of Florence were saved from a mob.[citation needed]

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