Cheshvan (CHESH-vahn) listen
cheshvan (chesh-VAHN) listen


  • n. The second month of the Jewish calendar (or eighth if counting from Nisan).

Example Sentences

  • "King Solomon completed the seven-year building of the Sanctuary during Cheshvan and there should have been a festival." (source)

  • "After more than a year aboard the ark, Noah and the animals exited the ark on the 27th of Cheshvan." (source)

  • "Cheshvan is the only month that does not have any holidays or special mitzvot." (source)

  • "The message of Cheshvan is that despite the darkness, and even because of the darkness, there is future growth that awaits us. We have the opportunity to nurture that right at this moment. It is now that we gather the seeds from the holidays of the month of Tishrei, plant them, and carefully water them through the winter months. With God's help, we will soon marvel at the beautiful spring bounty that we merit to cultivate." (source)

  • "Cheshvan is all about figuring out what and how we can do to breakthrough the thick of it, taking ourselves to a new and better place." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb. חֶשְׁוָן (clipping of מַרְחֶשְׁוָן‎ marcheshvan) > Yid. חשוון kheshvn

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


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      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      Kheshvan, Kheshvn, Cheshvn, Heshvan


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