Kislev

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For the Warhammer Fantasy location see Kislev (Warhammer)

Kislev (Hebrew: כִּסְלֵו, Standard Kislev Tiberian Kislēw) is the third month of the civil year and the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar.

In a regular (kesidran) year Kislev has 30 days, but because of the Rosh Hashanah postponement rules, in some years it can lose a day to make the year a "short" (chaser) year. Kislev is an autumn month which occurs in November–December on the Gregorian calendar and is sometimes known as the month of dreams. The name of the month may be taken from Akkadian kislimu, which means "inspissated, thickened" due to plentiful rains. But the name may also derive from the Hebrew root K-S-L as in the words "kesel, kisla" (hope, positiveness) or "ksil" (Orion, a constellation that shines especially in this month) - because the expectation and hope for rains.

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Holidays in Kislev

25 Kislev—2 Tevet - Hanukkah – ends 3 Tevet if Kislev is short

Kislev in Jewish history

5 Kislev - (1631) - Passing of Maharsha

9 Kislev - (1773; 1827) - Birth & Passing of Rabbi Dovber of Lubavitch

10 Kislev - (1826) - Release of Rabbi Dovber of Lubavitch from prison after being arrested the week after Sukkot on slander charges.
13 Kislev - (475 CE) - Passing of Ravina II as well the Talmud was completed

  • In the first decades of the 5th century, Rav Ashi (died in 427 CE) and Ravina I (died in 421 CE) led a group of the Amoraim (Talmudic sages) in compiling the Babylonian Talmud, which involved collecting and editing the discussions, debates and rulings of hundreds of scholars and sages which had taken place in the more than 200 years since the compilation of the Mishnah by Rabbi Judah HaNasi in 189 CE. The last of these editors and compilers was Ravina II, who died on the 13th of Kislev of the Hebrew year 4235 (or 475 CE). After Ravina II, no further additions were make to the Talmud, with the exception of the minimal editing undertaken by the Rabbanan Savura'i (476-560). This date thus marks the point where the Talmud has been since "closed," and has since served as a book for referencing Torah law.

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