Daily Tidbits 12/24/11 – 10th Month: Tevet

The 10th month of the Biblical calendar is known as טבת ‘tevet’ (Esther 2:16).   טבת ‘tevet’ comes from the word טב ‘tov’ which means good.  טב ‘tov’ literally means to ‘surround the house’ but interestingly is translated on some occasions as ‘merry.’

It is interesting to note that the word for cold in Hebrew is  קר ‘qar’ which has the meaning of men gathering to the home to escape the cold.  This is associated with טב ‘tov’ which literally means to ‘surround the house.’

Winter is the time of the early rains in the mideast.  This is the time of cold where men gather in homes to {קרא ‘qara’} read scrolls and teach ‘dedicate‘ their children.  The early rains also mean ‘teaching’ which is fascinating.

Joe 2:23  Then be glad, sons of Zion, and rejoice in Jehovah your God. For He has given to you the early rain (מורה ‘moreh’) according to righteousness, and He will cause the rain to come down for you, the early rain (מורה ‘moreh’) and the latter rain in the first month.

The Targum is, “in the Word of the Lord your God;”

Heavy rains in Hebrew is the word סגריר ‘sagriyr’ which comes from the word סגר ‘sagar’ which means to be closed in from the root word סך ‘sakh’ which is the origin of the word סוכה ‘sukkah.’  Recall that Hanukkah, the midst of which will always occur on the first of Tevet, is just a replay of Sukkot.




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