Hebrew Month

Nissan

About the Month of Nissan

Nissan is the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar when counting from Tishrei, although it is counted as the first month in the Bible itself. Like all Hebrew months, the name Nissan is of Babylonian origin, corresponding to the constellation of the Ram (Aries), visible in the night sky during this lunar month. Nisan usually overlaps the solar months of March and April.

The first mention of this month is in the Book of Exodus:

“This month shall mark for you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year for you.” (Exodus 12:2)

Another name for Nissan is “Chodesh Aviv” – “the month of Spring”:

“You go free on this day, in the month of Aviv.” (Exodus 13:4)

The name Nisan first appears in the Scroll of Esther:

“In the first month, that is, the month of Nissan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, pur—which means “the lot”—was cast before Haman concerning every day and every month, [until it fell on] the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar.” (Esther 3:7)

Tribe of Nissan

Judah Tribe Symbol

The Tribe of Judah

The name Judah means to acknowledge or thank. Judah, though not the oldest, was the leader of the tribes and the forefather of King David. The key to being a successful leader is to acknowledge the true source of your strength and power, an idea that was built into his name.

Stone of the Month of Nissan

Nophech

Nissan’s stone in the High Priest’s breastplate is the Nophech (Turquoise/Blue Emerald)

Holidays in Nissan

Nissan 15-22

Pesach

Passover
Nissan 27

Yom Hashoah

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Notable Dates in Nissan

1 Nisan

1638 BCE
Death of Abraham

1 Nisan

1533 BCE
Death of Isaac according to the Talmud

1 Nisan

1506 BCE
Death of Jacob according to the Talmud

10 Nisan

1417 BCE
Death of Miriam the prophetess, 39 years after the Exodus

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