Month of Tishrei begins Wednesday at Sundown

Posted: September 28, 2011 in Hebrew Months, Holidays- Holy Days

Every Hebrew month has a Tribe, Constellation and Hebrew letter associated with it. These hold keys to our promises for that month and help us to pray in line with God’s timing and to get our lives into time with His specific appointed times.

Tishri (Tishrei) is known as the ‘seventh month’ in the Bible according to the Biblical Calendar and is the ‘first month’on the civil calendar. The name of Tishri is never found in the Bible since it is a Babylonian name. It is called the ‘seventh month’ and one time called ‘Ethanim‘, meaning ‘enduring‘, meaning permanent streams still flowed. (I Kings 8:2)

This is the most Holy Day (holiday) intensive month on the Jewish Calendar. This month begins the numerical year change from 5771 to 5772, the years since Creation. (Much controversy: Rabbinical teaching states that there are 165 missing years, which would actually put us 5937 if this is the case. Whatever the case, we are nearing the time that the 7th Day of Rest begins if 1 day = 1,000 years, 2 Peter 3:8)

  • Tishri 1 Rosh Chodesh Nissan
  • Tishri 1 the year changes from 5770 to 5771- Head of the Year (la Shana Tova!- May you have a good year)
  • Tishri 1 is the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) (Yom Teru’ah) at sundown night before (9/29/11) (Judgment is rendered)
  • Tishri 1 begins the Days of Awe (9/29/11-10/8/11)
  • Tishri 2 is the 2nd day of Feast of Trumpets
  • Tishri 2 (this year) is Shabbat Shuva (the Sabbath of Returning) which falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
  • Tishri 3 is the Fast of Gedaliah (Zechariah 8:19)
  • Tishri 10 is the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) at sundown night before (10/8/11) (Judgment is sealed)
  • Tishri 14 begins the 7 Day Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) at sundown the night before (10/12/11 – 10/19/11)
  • Tishri 21 is Hoshana Rabbah (Day 7) The Great Salvation (when Judgment is delivered)
  • Tishri 22 is Shemini Atzeret (in Israel) (Lev 23:34), Rejoicing in the Torah (ends yearly cycle of Torah reading)
  • Tishri 23 is Shemini Atzeret (outside of Israel)

TRIBE- Ephriam,  Ephraim is the 2nd born of Joseph and his name means ‘double portion’. He was the 2nd born, but always mentioned first because of his leadership qualities. His symbol is a cluster of grapes, in remembrance of the double portion of grapes the 12 spies brought from the Promised Land. The only 2 spies that had a good report were Joshua from the Tribe of Ephraim and Caleb from the Tribe of Judah. Both Tribes of Judah and Ephraim have leadership and kingly qualities which resulted in the splitting of the land with King Jeraboam (north, Ephraim) and King Rehaboam (south, Judah). His weakness was idol worship and strength was his leadership qualities (Joshua & Samuel)

CONSTELLATION / MAZAL- Libra (the Scales) The Hebrew word is Mazanaim, ‘the scales weighing’.  This month’s constellation symbolizes the divine judgments of Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur, when men’s deeds are weighed in judgment. God created everything in perfect balance in the universe, but man was given a free will to choose and because of Adam all men have sinned, therefore all of our righteousness is as ‘filthy rags’. Without Jesus paying the price for our sins, we could never measure up to God’s righteousness. Now we have been made righteous.

LETTER- Lamed  This letter is the 12th letter of the Hebrew Aleph Bet having a numerical value of 30. The pictograph of Lamed is of a cattle goad or shepherd’s staff and is the tallest letter of all and is considered to be the heart of the Aleph Bet. Lamed symbolizes 1) control 2) to prod or urge forward 3) to go toward or forward 4) a tongue 5) learn 6) teach. Each stanza of Psalm 119:89-96 begin with Lamed and tell us that God’s authority controls and protects us like a shepherd’s staff. This is a month to learn of righteousness, or “God’s ways of doing and being right“.

Tishri in History

  • 1- Adam’s birthday
  • 2, 1941- Experimental executions began at Auschwitz near southern Poland
  • 6, 1948- Egypt launched a large-scale offensive against the Negev region of Israel. This was part of the War of Independence, an attack by five Arab armies designed to “drive the Jews into the sea.”
  • 8, 825 BC- The Jewish people began a 14-day celebration to dedicate the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, also known as Solomon’s Temple.
  • 10, 1312 BC (Hebrew year 2449), Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the second set of Tablets, indicating that God had forgiven the Jewish people for the sin of the Golden Calf. This day henceforth become Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when a person’s soul is cleansed of transgressions
  • 10, 1973- Start of the Yom Kippur War
  • 11, 1941- SS Chief Helmut Knochen ordered the systematic destruction of synagogues in Paris.
  • 13, 2000- At the start of the Palestinian intifada, two Israeli reserve soldiers were brutally lynched at a Palestinian police station in Ramallah.
  • 16, 1349- The Jewish population of Krems, Germany, was massacred in the Black Death riots. They were accused of spreading the disease of bubonic plague saying they had poisoned the well water, resulting in 25 million deaths.
  • 17, 1867-Blood Libel charges triggered anti-Jewish riots in Romania. Jews were accused of killing children to drink the blood.
  • 20, 1973-  Israeli forces, led by Ariel Sharon,  crossed to the western side of the Suez Canal in a decisive battle of the Yom Kippur War.  A few days later, Israeli troops trapped the Egyptian Third Army, leaving it without any means of resupply, thus effectively ending the war.
  • 21, 1946- Following the Nuremberg trials, 10 Nazi war criminals were hanged. The hanging of the 10 Nazis eerily echoed the 10 sons of Haman who were hanged in the Purim story. Incredibly, this day on the Jewish calendar is Hoshana Raba, the traditional day of judgment for the nations of the world
  • 22, 825 BC- King Solomon said farewell to the Jewish people who had come to Jerusalem for a 14-day ceremony dedicating the Holy Temple (1-Kings 8:66)
  • 24, 336 BC- Ezra and Nechemia convened the Jewish community in Jerusalem. There, as recorded in the biblical Book of Nechemia (ch. 9), they recalled the major events of Jewish history, and pledged to uphold the ancient covenant
  • 26, 1973- A cease-fire resolution was passed by the U.N. Security Council to halt the Yom Kippur War. Shuttle diplomacy by Henry Kissinger compelled Israel and Egypt to accept the cease-fire. Fighting, however, would continue for another four days. In the war, Israel suffered the loss of 2,600 soldiers and 800 tanks. Four years later, Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat would visit Jerusalem and announce his readiness to forge a permanent peace deal
  • 28, 1930- The British government issued the Passfield White Paper, a formal statement of policy in Palestine. The paper was an attempt to appease the Arabs in the aftermath of the 1929 riots: During six days of Arab rioting in Jerusalem, Gaza, Hebron and Tzfat, 135 Jews were killed and more than 300 wounded. The White Paper criticized the Jewish Agency for promoting Jewish employment opportunities, claiming that it damaged economic development of the Arab population. Further, the paper required that Jews obtain permission from the British authorities to purchase land. The result was that Jewish immigration was greatly hindered.
  • 30, 1958- The foundation stone was laid for Israel’s Knesset building in Jerusalem. The Knesset houses the governing body of Israel’s democracy.
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