What are the Jewish names for each of the week days?


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The names are the numbers leading up to שבת the Sabbath

Sunday - Rishon - ראשון First
Monday - Sheni - שני Second
Tuesday - Shlishi - שלישי Third
wednesday - Rev-ee-ee - רביעי Fourth
Thursday - Hamishi - חמישי Fifth
Friday - Shishi - שישי Sixth also called Erev Shabbos ערב שבת Eve of Shabbat
Saturday - Shabbat - שבת

  • Friday is not called erev shabbos; Friday evening is. In the same way that Monday evening is erev yom shlishi, Wednesday evening is erev yom chamishi, Sunday evening is erev yom rishon, etc. Since the day starts when the sun has descended and the stars have come out (rather than at midnight), the evening of Shabbos is Friday night.
    – Shimon bM
    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:26
  • @ShimonbM IME Friday is called erev Shabas. See also the comments on judaism.stackexchange.com/q/47386.
    – msh210
    Mar 9, 2016 at 8:36
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    Also, the name of the day is "yom (ha)rishon" etc. not just the numeral.
    – Adám
    Mar 9, 2016 at 12:34
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    Adding sources to support your claims would increase this post's value.
    – Double AA
    Mar 9, 2016 at 13:44
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    @DoubleAA indeed the gemara RH 31a calls the day hashvii - although I can see how no one calls it this way in day to day language
    – mbloch
    Mar 9, 2016 at 13:57

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