Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The second month of the year in the Jewish calendar. See Table at calendar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See Hesvan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the second month of the civil year; the eighth month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in October and November)

Etymologies

Hebrew ḥešwān, short for marḥešwān, from Akkadian araḫsamnu, waraḫsamnu, a month name : arḫu, warḫu, month; see wrḫ in Semitic roots + samnu, eighth (from samāne, eight; see ṯmny in Semitic roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Katznelson was born in Bobruisk, Russia (now Babruysk, Belarus) on October 25, 1885 (15 Heshvan 5646), the second of the six children of Zelda (née Rozovsky) and Nisan Katznelson.

    Rahel Katznelson.

  • Most of the major women poets in Yiddish, however, advocated a different spiritual stance: There were those who bitterly contested the traditional Jewish world and the status of women within it, such as Kadya Molodowsky in her series of poems entitled “Froyenlider” in her first book, Khezhvndike nekht (Nights of Heshvan, 1927).

    Yiddish: Women's Poetry.

  • Note: Although the Gregorian calendar anniversary of my father's death is November 2, on the Hebrew calendar that date was 15 Heshvan.

    Joel David Burstein (December 11, 1929 - November 2, 1990)

  • The lack of obvious holidays coming up might force you to be creative in the purpose of your rap: Rosh Chodesh Heshvan, anyone?

    For your next birthday gift: video rap-o-grams from the 6′7″ Jew | Jewschool

  • His approximate year of birth is calculated from his comment in Sefer ha-Mevaqqesh (9; trans. 2), written in October-November 1263 (Heshvan 5024), that he had passed the midpoint of seventy years and was approaching his fortieth year.

    Shem Tov Ibn Falaquera

  • I was reading that you actually were quoted as saying Judaism, like Christianity and Islam, is a faith born in the Middle Eastern desert, and prayers for rain are built right into the Jewish calendar and in the month of Heshvan -- and tell me if I'm saying that right -- that would be right now, late October.

    CNN Transcript Nov 13, 2007

  • The lengths of most of the months are fixed as given in the following table, but any adjustment necessary can be effected either by adding one day to Heshvan, which has usually twenty-nine days, or taking away one day from Kislev, which has usually thirty --

    The Astronomy of the Bible An Elementary Commentary on the Astronomical References of Holy Scripture

  • Israel: Heshvan (Bul): The month follows the month of the nation of ancient Israel's secular New Year.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • In the past, Jews have ascended the mount to mark the anniversary, 6 Heshvan, which was Saturday.

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  • Rachel, our Mother, died on the 11th of Heshvan 3,561 years ago.

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