Sivan

Pronunciations

Definitions

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

Example Sentences

  • "In Israel, crops grow through the rainy winter season. By Sivan, they’re ready for harvesting." (source)

  • "Rosh Chodesh Sivan is distinguished as the day on which the Jewish people arrived and camped before Mount Sinai." (source)

  • "In Sivan, however, the Jews went a step beyond physical freedom and became spiritually autonomous, defined only by the Torah, God's word." (source)

  • "Sivan...evokes flowers and first fruits and short summer nights..." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb. סִיוָן > Yid. סיוון sivn

    • 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)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • 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

      Sivvan, Siven, Sivven, Sivn

Notes

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