Kislev is the third month of the Hebrew year (or the ninth month when counting from Nissan). Like all Hebrew months, the name Kislev is of Babylonian origin, corresponding to the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius), visible in the night sky during this lunar month. Kislev usually overlaps the solar months of November and December.
Benjamin is compared to a ravenous wolf (Genesis 49:28). This means that he is a warrior and a hero, but also that he is thirsty for a relationship with God and seeing the divinity in everything in this world.
Because Yoseph was such a great person, his father Jacob blessed him with two tribes under the leadership of his two sons Ephraim and Menashe (Manasseh).
Kislev’s stone in the High Priest’s breastplate is the Yashpeh (Jasper)
“כִּי-הִנֵּה הַחֹשֶׁךְ יְכַסֶּה-אֶרֶץ, וַעֲרָפֶל לְאֻמִּים; וְעָלַיִךְ יִזְרַח יְהוָה, וּכְבוֹדוֹ עָלַיִךְ יֵרָאֶה.”
Ki-hinneh hachoshech yechasseh-eretz, va’arafel le’ummim; ve’alayich yizrach adonai, uchevodo alayich yera’eh.
Behold! Darkness shall cover the earth, and thick clouds the peoples; But upon you God will shine, and His Presence be seen over you.
(KISLEV 25 – TEVET 2)
This holiday marks the miraculous victory of the Jewish people in their fight against the Greeks for religious liberty and national independence. It also marks the rededication of the Second Temple in 164 CE, after it was desecrated by Greek King Antiochus. The holiday is observed by lighting an eight-branched Hanukkah candelabra, adding a candle each night of the holiday.
Notable Dates in the Month of Kislev
(1568 BCE – 1445 BCE)
Birth and Death of Reuben, son of Jacob.
Death of the Magid Of Mezritch, successor of the Baal Shem Tov.