Tishrei

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Yom Kippur

The second holiest day of the Jewish calendar,
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, takes place
on the 10th of Tishrei.
Month Number: 7
Number of Days: 30
Season: Autumn
Gregorian Equivalent: September–October

Tishrei or Tishri (/ˈtɪʃr/ or /ˈtɪʃr/; Hebrew: תִּשְׁרֵי or תִּשְׁרִי‎; from Akkadian tašrītu "Beginning", from šurrû "To begin") is the first month of the civil year (which starts on 1 Tishrei) and the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year (which starts on 1 Nisan) in the Hebrew calendar. The name of the month is Babylonian. It is an autumn month of 30 days. Tishrei usually occurs in September–October on the Gregorian calendar.

In the Hebrew Bible, before the Babylonian Exile, the month is called Ethanim (Hebrew: אֵתָנִים‎ - 1 Kings 8:2).

Edwin R. Thiele has concluded, in The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings, that the ancient Kingdom of Judah counted years using the civil year starting in Tishrei, while the Kingdom of Israel counted years using the ecclesiastical new year starting in Nisan. Tishrei is the month used for the counting of the epoch year - i.e., the count of the year is incremented on 1 Tishrei.

Holidays in Tishrei[edit]

1-2 Tishrei - Rosh Hashanah

3 Tishrei - Tzom Gedaliah – (Fast Day) - On Tishrei 4 when Tishrei 3 is Shabbat

10 Tishrei - Yom Kippur – (Fast Day)

15–21 Tishrei - Sukkot/Sukkos

21 Tishrei - Hoshanah Rabbah

22 Tishrei (and 23 outside of Israel) - Shemini Atzeret/Atzeres & Simchat Torah/Simchas Torah

Tishrei in Jewish history and tradition[edit]

  • 1 Tishrei (circa 3760 BCE) - Adam & Eve were created, according to one opinion in the Talmud.
  • 1 Tishrei (1923) - Daf Yomi study regimen is launched.
  • 2 Tishrei (1659) - HaRav Tuvya and HaRav Yisroel were murdered in a blood libel in Razino.
  • 3 Tishrei (circa 582 BCE) - Assassination of Gedaliah; now a fast day. (According to many opinions, the assassination actually occurred on Rosh Hashanah, but the commemoration of the event is postponed to the day after the festival).
  • 4 Tishrei (1683) - King Louis XIV expelled the Jews from all French territories in America.
  • 5 Tishrei (134) - Rabbi Akiva tortured and executed.
  • 6 Tishrei (1939) - The Wehrmacht murdered 100 Jews in Lukov, Poland, Hy"d.
  • 7 Tishrei (circa 1313 BCE) - Taanit tzaddikim (Orach Chaim 5580:2) commemorating Hashem's decree that the Dor Hamidbar die in the wilderness because of the sin of the Eigel HaZahav / Golden Calf (according to some, (Kol-bo and others), the event took place one day earlier, on 6 Tishrei).
  • 8 Tishrei (circa 826 BCE) - 14-day dedication of Solomon's Temple begins.
  • 9 Tishrei (123) - Death of the Tanna R' Elazar ben Rab' Shimon.
  • 10 Tishrei (circa 1313 BCE) - Moses returns from a final trip to Mount Sinai, bearing a second set of tablets and a message of forgiveness for the Golden Calf.
  • 11 Tishrei - The Baal Shem Tov writes that the day after Yom Kippur is an even greater holiday than Yom Kippur itself, a day called "Bshem HaShem" or in Yiddish "Gott's Nomen", literally "The Name of G-d".
  • 16 Tishrei (1349) - The Jewish population of Krems, Germany, was massacred in the Black Death riots.
  • 25 Tishrei (1809) - Death of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev


Other uses[edit]

  • Tishrīn (Arabic: تشرين‎) is the name of two Gregorian months in the Levant:
    • Tishrīn al-Awwal (Arabic: تشرين الأول, literally "First Tishrin"): October. The 1973 Yom Kippur War is generally known by the name Ḥarb Tishrīn ("October War") in Syria and Lebanon, and among the Palestinians, following the Arab custom of naming the Arab-Israeli wars by months or years.
    • Tishrīn al-Thāni (Arabic: تشرين الثاني, literally "Second Tishrin"): November.

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