Shevat (Hebrew: שְׁבָט‎, Standard Šəvaṭ, Tiberian Šeḇāṭ; from Akkadian Šabātu) is the fifth month of the civil year starting in Tishre (or Tishri) and the eleventh month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar starting in Nisan. It is a month of 30 days. Shevat usually occurs in January–February on the Gregorian calendar. The name of the month was taken from the Akkadian language during the Babylonian Captivity. The assumed Akkadian origin of the month is Šabātu meaning strike that refers to the heavy rains of the season. In Biblical sources, the month is first mentioned by this name in the book of prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 1:7).

Tu Bishvat, the New Year of the Trees, occurs
on the 15th of Shevat, which coincides with
the flowering of the almond tree in Israel.
Native nameשְׁבָט (Hebrew)
CalendarHebrew calendar
Month number11
Number of days30
SeasonWinter (Northern Hemisphere)
Gregorian equivalentJanuary–February
Significant daysTu Bishvat
← Tevet
Adar →

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  1. ^ "Chabad Jewish Calendar". Chabad. Retrieved 21 February 2012.

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