• n. The seventh month of the Jewish calendar (or first if counting from it).

Example Sentences

  • "A special mitzvah which can be fulfilled only once a year—anytime during the month of Nisan—is to recite the berachah...made upon seeing a fruit tree in bloom." (source)

  • "Nisan marks the birth of spring, signaled by the arrival of new buds and the birth of the Israelite nation. Physical and spiritual seeds are planted in Nisan—seeds for the summer crop and seeds of freedom and liberation." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb. נִיסָן nisán > Yid. ניסן nisn

    • 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

      Nissan, Nisn, Nissen, Nisen


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