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Where do we first see Cheshvan (as opposed to Marcheshvan)?

Midrash Abba Gurion to Ester (ed. Buber 3:7), which was redacted in the tenth century, refers to it as חשוון (Heshvan): לתשרי זכות הרגלים, לחשוון זכות שרה It is also found in Eisenbach's edition ...
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Where do we see the months corresponding to the Shvatim?

Such a kabbalistic idea is discussed by R. Josef Gikatilla in his Shaare Orah (Gate 5). An English trans. of the above is found in 'Gates of Light' (232ff.) by Avi Weinstein.
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Kislev and the letter Samech

I don't know what the Likkutei Shas of the Arizal says, but as per the second clause of your question asking if there are any other reasons for a connection, there is a famous piece in the fifth ...
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Is there a difference between ירחים and חדשים?

ירח has its name based on the rotation it follows, that the moon's light it renewed from each rotation to the next (מירח לירח). Therefore it says (Tehilim 104:19), He made the moon (ירח) to mark the ...
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Mesushelach, Benyamin and Mar Cheshvan

Yalkut Shimoni, Melakhim I, 184: א"ר חנינא בכ"ה בכסליו נגמר מלאכת המשכן ועשה מקופל עד אחד בניסן, כמו שכתוב ביום החדש הראשון באחד לחדש תקים את משכן, והיו ישראל ממלמלין על משה לומר למה לא הוקם ...
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When should a Pidyon Haben occur?

Not less than 30, but as soon as possible from the 31st. Shulchan Aruch YD 305:11 and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 164:3 affirm this. אֵין פּוֹדִין אֶת הַבְּכוֹר, עַד שֶׁיַעַבְרו עָלָיו שְׁלֹשִׁים יוֹם. ...
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First-Temple-Era names of the Hebrew months?

Scholars believe that we shared calendar names with the Phoenicians (Tzidonim in Tanach) (see here, pg. 76, for example), or that perhaps we even borrowed the names from them (seeing as there aren't ...
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Is there any research available for the original 'Hebrew' 3rd & 5th month names?

The word צח "Tzach" occurs in Isaiah 18:4 and Jeremiah 4:11, and some have proposed that it is a Canaanite month name, but Jerome does not so translate, neither does the RSV. They thought ...
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Idolatrous origin of the name TAMMUZ

Perhaps the answer is that once the month was named after the deity, the name Tammuz is no longer solely considered the name of a deity, but rather the name of a month. The advantage of this answer is ...
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Kislev and the letter Samech

The Pri Tzadik writes on Rosh Chodesh Kislev the following: בסי״צ המליך אות ס׳ בשינה כו׳ וכסלו בשנה. באותיות דר״ע אות ס׳. א״ת סמך אלא סומך מך זה הקב״ה שהוא סומך מכים נופלים שנ׳ סומך ה׳ לכל הנופלים כו׳...
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Looking for the source that connects the days of the week to the sefirot

This appears in Nahar Shalom (by R. Shalom Sharabi), in the introduction of the "HaMa'avir" brakha, p. 23-24.
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Source for Yirmiyahu abolishing the counting of Nisan

He is referring to what he wrote earlier in the piece, that the returnees from the Babylonian exile abolished the numbering of months starting from Nissan, as was the practice until then, and instead ...
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Why did Nisan change to the beginning of months after the exodus

I think you have it backwards. Passover occurred on the fourteenth day of the first month, Nisan, the first month of the year. However, when the Jews were exiled to Babylon in 586 BCE, they discovered ...
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Kislev and the letter Samech

Here's what the Ari wrote in Likutei Shas: "ס הוא בזר"ת של יד שמאל בפרק אמצעי ומולך בשינה והולך בצינור מת"ת להו"ד וניתן לבנימין וברא מזל קשת בעולם וחודש כסליו בשנה והקיבה בנפש ...
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Why don't the Niddah days add up?

First, the seven days after the flow stops are midirabannan - a rabbinic enactment - and they are part of the Eleven days of Zivah. The d'oraysah cycle is 7 days niddah, regardless of how long the ...
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Is there a difference between ירחים and חדשים?

Some answer that chodesh is Aramaic, while yerach is Hebrew. The Malbim and Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) explain that the primary meaning of the word chodesh is not “month” but rather “...
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First-Temple-Era names of the Hebrew months?

The book of Gad the Seer contains few more names, unfortunately , I can't remember which. Also, this book is authenticity is questionable, so take it with caution.
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What is the Sod HaIbbur and what is so secret about it?

The meaning of סוד העיבור in the Talmud is "Council of Intercalation". Sacha Stern, Calendar and Community, Oxford University Press, 2001, p. 190. It refers to the calendrical court. The ...
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What is the Sod HaIbbur and what is so secret about it?

During certain pressing times, the secret of these calculations were used when other means couldn’t be verified or were questionable, and thus they didn’t want this secret to get out so that it can be ...
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