I understand Rosh Hodesh Adar but not the last abreviation. What does it mean? I need to know the meaning of each letter of this abreviation.

  • Please elaborate more in your question of what type of answer you are looking for. what do you mean when you ask "what does it mean?" what does what mean? the phrase? what each letter means? Feb 20, 2015 at 10:28
  • I just edited my question.
    – far22
    Feb 20, 2015 at 10:31
  • i just answered your question Feb 20, 2015 at 10:34
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    – Double AA
    Feb 20, 2015 at 13:52
  • Please edit this post to include where you found this phrase and why you want to know its meaning, especially including any relevance to Judaism.
    – Isaac Moses
    Feb 20, 2015 at 14:19

2 Answers 2


The year is a gematria:


ת = 400 ש = 300 ע = 70 ה = 5

which adds to 775.

The 'ה prefix presumably is indicating the thousands although this is usually omitted when quoting a year. However 4775 would of course also be תשעה

There are no letters that correspond to numbers above 400 so we actually combine two and add them together.

I have seen some actually assign final-letters to these values so

ך=500 ם=600 ן=700 ף=800 ץ=900

This isn't universally accepted, for example, when you calculate the gematria value of a word, you normally count final letters as the same score to their regular version, e.g. a final "mem" would score 40 like a regular "mem".

Gematria is directly referred to in Talmud so is certainly not new. There are hints of it in chumash too e.g. "im laval garti" where "garti" has a gematria of 613, the number of Mitzvot (thus Yaakov is hinting he kept the commandments) however these are just hints and there is no direct reference to Gematria being used.


תשע"ה is not an abbreviation, rather it is a number. Each Hebrew letter corresponds to a number, this is known as Hebrew Numerals see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_numerals

In this instance the numbers refer to the year in the Hebrew calendar 5775 Thus, it says the first of Adar of the year 5775 (ie. 5775 years since creation)

  • Can you explain what mean each letter please?
    – far22
    Feb 20, 2015 at 10:23
  • ? its a number that refers the jewish years ie. its been 5775 years since creation Feb 20, 2015 at 10:24

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