Kislev 5762 Begins at Sundown 11/26/11

Posted: November 26, 2011 in Hebrew Months

Kislev is known as the ‘ninth monthaccording to the sacred calendar and is the ‘third month’on the civil calendar. Cheshvan and Kislev are either 29 or 30 days in length, and this year Kislev has 30.

Kislev is a Babylonian name means ‘ his confidence, trust, security’. The theme of the month has become to be known as ‘Restful Sleep’ and a ‘Month of Dreams’.

“Month of Dreams” is what is has become known for because the days are shorter and the nights are longer. Also, there are 10 dreams listed in Genesis. Every Shabbat has a Torah reading and 9 of the 10 dreams of Genesis are read in the month of Kislev through the Shabbat Torah readings.

The first mention of this month is found in Nehemiah 1:1, “ The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu (Kislev) , in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace”. No specific date is mentioned.

The Hebrew month of Kislev begins this year November 26, 2011 at sundown and ends December 26, 2011 at sundown on our solar calendar. December 26 will be the 7th day of the 9 days  of Hanukkah. Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, begins this year on December 20th. We read that Jesus celebrated this holy day in John 10:22, “It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication.”  This holiday is 9 days in length to commemorate when the Second Temple was rededicated in 165BC.

TRIBE- BENJAMIN, Genesis 36:16-20. Benjamin is the last son of Jacob and the second son of Rachel. Rachel died after Benjamin was born and called him Benoni, ‘son of my sorrows’, but Jacob changed the name to ‘son of my right hand’. This is the only son Jacob named and the only son born after he left Laban. He was born at Beth-el (House of God) where Jacob had the night vision of the ladder 22 years before (Gen 28:12).

Benjamin’s symbol is a ‘Wolf’. Genesis 49:27, “Benjamin shall ravin [as] a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” This shows the 2 stages of Benjamin. The first is shown in King Saul: Early stages of his life, he shall devour his prey, savagely and not share- he will turn on you if you try to take his prey- spirit of wanting for himself at all costs. The second stage is shown in Saul who became Apostle Paul: An older, more mature wolf will be willing to make sacrifices and give out good things which God has given him; whole nature has changed.

Watch for the weakness of Benjamin this month: He was spoiled by everyone. (1) His brothers never treated him as they treated Joseph (2) Reuben was willing to promise his 2 sons as promise to protect Benjamin (3) Judah offered to go to prison instead of Benjamin (4) Daddy’s boy (5) Given 5 times or food and 5 times more clothing (raiment) than his brothers (6) Tried for the first time at age 33 when he was taken to Egypt and was accused by Joseph of stealing his cup (Gen 44:12) (7) Judges 19-21 show the sexual weakness of Benjamin when they fell into homosexuality

Benjamin can be a picture of the Grace given to the Church. The Church was born outside the Law, very spoiled not having to ‘earn’ what has been given them, and weakness of the flesh has been a problem. Queen Esther was from the lineage of Benjamin and we see her as the interceding one for such a time as this.

CONSTELLATION/MAZAL- SAGGITTARIUS‘The Archer’, telling the story of Jesus in His dual nature of Son of God and Son of Man, ‘Conquering and to conquer’ (Revelation 6:2) Sagittarius is a Latin name, the Hebrew name for this constellation is Kesith, which means ‘the Archer’. Hale Bopp Comet was first discovered in the bow of Sagittarius.

LETTER- SAMACH, the 15th letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet with the numerical value of 60. The pictograph is a prop and symbolizes  (1) support  (2) a slow twisting (like a plant being changed by a prop) (3) turning aside (like the plant). It is also a letter meaning shield and reveals to us God’s encompassing support since this letter is a closed letter. In Hebrew cursive it looks like an ‘O’. In Psalm 119:113-120, the 8 verses tell us of how God supports and upholds those who lean completely, not double minded (113) on His law.

SPECIAL DATES IN KISLEV:

  • Kislev 4,  Zechariah 7:1 – And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Kislev [they asked the Lord if they should fast and weep this month, and the Lord showed them it was better to obey than to fast, since they ended up fasting for themselves and not God]
  • Kislev 6, In 1958, Jerusalem inaugurated a new water reservoir, thus assuring the holy city of an adequate water supply for the first time in its 3,000-year history. Jerusalem’s shortage of water was long its weakness in time of military siege. Back in the days of King David, a tunnel had been dug from the Old City to a neighboring valley, to channel water inside the Old City Walls. In modern times, the problem was exacerbated in 1948 when the Arab blockade of Jerusalem left its residents without a water supply.
  • Kislev 7, In 440 BCE, 18 years prior to the destruction of the First Temple, King Yehoyakim burned a scroll containing the biblical Book of Lamentations, as recorded in the Book of Jeremiah (ch. 36). The idea of a Jewish king taking such an un-Jewish approach was viewed by the community as a great tragedy, and this date was proclaimed as a fast day. The prophet Jeremiah later re-wrote the scroll
  • Kislev 14, Traditional birthday of Reuben, first son of Jacob and Leah (Genesis 29:32)
  • Kislev 19, In the fall of 1798, Rabbi Schneur Zalman was arrested on charges that his teachings and activities threatened the imperial authority of the Czar, and was imprisoned in an island fortress in the Neva River in Petersburg. In his interrogations, he was compelled to present to the Czar’s ministers the basic tenets of Judaism and explain various points of Chassidic philosophy and practice. After 53 days, he was exonerated of all charges and released on Kislev 19. The 19th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev is celebrated as the “Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism.”
  • Kislev 24 at sundown (12/27/11) Chanukah Day 1 begins (Kislev  25) & ends Tevet 2 (12/28/11)
  • Kislev 29, In 1914, Jews of Tel Aviv were expelled by the Turkish authorities and sent to Egypt. Just three years later, the Turks would order the remaining 9,000 Jews out of Jaffa, in advance of the British military offensive. The Jews fled north, where they suffered from disease and starvation. They were allowed to return with the British ousting of the Turks in 1917
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