Kislev (KEES-laiv) listen
kislev (KEYS-lev) listen
Kislev (kees-LEV) listen


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

Example Sentences

  • "Kislev culminates with the [w]inter [s]olstice, the longest night of the year. " (source)

  • "It is written in the Midrash that the Mishkan was finished in the month of Kislev, but it was not erected until Nissan." (source)

  • "The first rainbow, observed after the Flood, was seen in Kislev." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb. כִּסְלֵו > Yid. כּסלו

    • 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)


      • North America
      • 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

      Kisleiv, Kisleyv


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