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Jewish Puzzle and Related Fun Fact of the Month
Jewish Puzzle and Related Fun Fact of the Month – Tishrei
You might be aware that some Jews fast on the 3rd day of the month of Tishrei. This fast is known as the fast of Gedaliah(צום גְּדַיׇה). Gedaliah was a governor of Judah during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. He was assassinated by a fellow Jew at some point during the month of Tishrei.
Puzzle Question: In the two biblical accounts of Gedaliah’s murder (one in Jeremiah; the other in II Kings), the text only says, “In the seventh month (Tishrei), …”So, why is the fast of Gedaliah observed on the 3rd of the month?
Related Fun Fact: Tishrei is the seventh month according to those biblical accounts. But wait— Rosh Hashanah is supposed to be the new year! The Hebrew calendar actually has 4 New Years:
- Rosh Hashanah (1 Tishrei) is the most well-known and is the birthday of the world; the new year of creation. It is the new year by which the Hebrew calendar year is calculated.
- Tu Bishvat (15 Shvat) is probably the second most well-known new year — it is the new year of the trees.
- The season of Pesach (Passover) (1 Nissan) is the ecclesiastical New Year. It is the new year of the Jewish people—appointed in the book of Exodus as “It shall be the first month of the year to you.”
- 1 Elul is the new year for the reckoning of cattle. When the Temple stood, cattle owners were required to donate 1/10 of their cattle to the Temple for sacrificing. Farmers needed a date by which to calculate their tenth of new cattle. This date falls on the 1st of Elul. It has no current practical application.
Email your puzzle question answers or your own E/ul traditions to: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe first person(s) to answer correctly will see their name and answer in the next “Commentary.”
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