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Tevet       Shevat (שְׁבָט)       Adar
Tu Bishvat

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.
Month Number: 5
Number of Days: 30
Season: winter
Gregorian Equivalent: January-February

Shevat (or Shvat) (Hebrew: שְׁבָט, Standard Šəvat Tiberian Šəḇāṭ ; from Akkadian Šabātu) is the fifth month of the civil year and the eleventh month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a winter month of 30 days. Shevat usually occurs in January–February on the Gregorian calendar.


Holidays in Shevat

15 Shevat - Tu Bishvat

Shevat in Jewish history

1 Shevat - Moses repeats the Torah

  • On the first of Shevat of the Hebrew year 2488, according to the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses convened the Jewish people and began the 37-day "review of the Torah" , which he concluded on the day of his death on Adar 7 of that year.

2 Shevat - (76 BCE) - Alexander-Yannai's death celebrated

2 Shevat - (1800) - Death of Rabbi Zusha of Anipoli

3 Shevat - (1935) - Death of the Amshinover Rebbe

4 Shevat - (1984) - Death of Rabbi Israel Abuchatzera

  • Rabbi Israel Abuchatzera (1890-1984), known as "Baba Sali," was born in Tafillalt, Morocco to the Abuchatzera family. He was considered a sage, miracle maker and master kabbalist. In 1964 he moved to the Holy Land, eventually settling in the southern development town that became famous from him, Netivot. He died in 1984 on the 4th of Shevat. His graveside in Netivot has become a holy site visited by thousands annually.

4 Shevat - (1807) - Death of Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Leib of Sasov

  • Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sasov (1745-1807), one of the early Chasidic Rebbes in Poland, and a disciple of Rebbe Shmelke of Nikolsburg, died on the 4th of Shevat of the Hebrew year 5567 (1807). He was succeeded by his son, Rabbi Yekusiel Shmelke Erblich.

5 Shevat - (1905) - Death of Rabbi Yehudah Arye Leib Alter of Ger

7 Shevat - (1814) - Death of Rabbi Dovid of Lelov

  • On the seventh of Shevat, Chasidic Rabbi Dovid Biederman of Lelov (1746-1814) died. He was a disciple of the Seer of Lublin. Rabbi Dovid was known for his Ahavat Yisrael (love of his fellow Jew). It is said he was incapable of seeing faults in a fellow Jew. Two printed collections of stories about him are Migdal David and Kodesh Hillulim. Rabbi Dovid's main disciple was Rabbi Yitzchak of Vurke.

14 Shevat - (1755) - Death of the Pnei Yehoshua

18 Shevat - (1990) - Death of the Mirrer rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Beinush Finkel

22 Shevat - (1859) - Death of Kotzker Rebbe

23 Shevat - (1188 BCE) - War on Benjamin

  • Armies of the Tribes of Israel converged upon the Tribe of Benjamin in the aftermath of the "Concubine at Givah" incident. This was a war which nearly brought about the extinction of the Benjaminites, detailed in the Book of Judges, chapters 19-21).

24 Shevat - (517 BCE) - Zechariah's prophecy

  • According to Zechariah 1:7-16, "On the 24th day of the 11th month, which is the month of Shevat, in the second year of the reign of Darius, the word of God came to Zachariah the son of Berechiah the son of Ido the prophet, saying: '...I will return to Jerusalem in mercy, my house will be built within her" This was two years before the completion of the Second Temple on the 3rd of Adar, 515 BCE.

25 Shevat - (1883) - Death of Rabbi Israel of Salanter

26 Shevat - (1667) - Death of the Taz

28 Shevat - (second century BCE) - Hasmonean holiday

  • On Shevat 28 (160 BCE?), Antiochus V abandoned his siege of Jerusalem and his plans for the city's destruction. This day was observed as a holiday in Hashmonean times. (Megilat Taanit)

Other uses

  • "Shebat" (Arabic: ﺷﺒﺎﻂ‎) and Şubat [ʃuˈbat] is the name for the month of February in Arabic and Turkish.
  • In the story of Xenogears, "Shevat" is the name of a country, named after the Hebrew month.



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  1. (Judaism) The fifth month of the civil year in the Jewish calendar, after Tevet and before Adar.


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