On the Biblical Calendar Today
Birthday of Simeon
According to Jewish tradition, today is the birthday of Simeon, the second son born of Jacob and Leah, recorded in Genesis 29:33. On the biblical calendar the date is Tevet 28, in the year 1757 BC (1), but some sources put his birth date as Tevet 21, 1567 BC on the Hebrew calendar (2).
Simeon in Hebrew
The name Simeon in Hebrew means to hear (3). Simeon was named in light of the fact that Leah became Jacob’s wife under less than ideal circumstances. Leah was the first wife of Jacob, but was loved less than his second wife, Rachel, her sister. Leah was the first wife to give birth to a son, named Reuben, but she still felt unloved and cried out to God. When she conceived a second time and had another son, she acknowledged that God had heard her prayers by naming him Simeon.