Hebrew Month


About the Month of Av

Av is the eleventh month of the Hebrew year (or the fifth month when counting from Nissan). Like all Hebrew months, the name Av is of Babylonian origin, corresponding to the constellation of the Lion (Leo), visible in the night sky during this lunar month. Av usually overlaps the solar months of July and August.

The month of Av is first mentioned in the Bible:

“Aharon the Kohen ascended Mount Hor at the command of Hashem and died there, in the fortieth year after the Israelites had left the land of Egypt, on the first day of the fifth month.” (Numbers 33:38)

Tribe of Av

Simeon Tribe Symbol

The Tribe of Simeon

Simeon is characterized as having an aggressive strength. While his father curses the aggression and anger that accompanied the strength, having physical strength as well as strength of character are admirable qualities. Sometimes having strength means knowing when to use restraint.

Stone of the Month of Av


Av’s stone in the High Priest’s breastplate is the Pitdat (Topaz/Chrysolite)

Holidays in Av

Av 9

Tisha B’Av

Ninth of Av Fast
Av 15

Tu B’Av

Festival of Love

Notable Dates in Av

1 Av

1273 BCE
The death of Aharon, the high priest (Numbers 33:38)

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