• n. Rationale.

  • n. Consideration, deliberation, calculation.

  • n. A plan.

  • n. An expense.

  • v. To figure out; work out.

Example Sentences

  • “I can't see your cheshbon for taking stamps from the yeshiva office without paying.” (Weiser)

  • “The Beis Medrash was not constructed arbitrarily; it was designed with a cheshbon.” (Weiser)

  • “I don't intend just to get in the car and go. I have a whole cheshbon.” (Weiser)

  • “I don't care if my chavrusa is no longer interested in learning if he doesn't battel at my cheshbon.” (Weiser)

  • “The yeshiva is so cheap, they cheshbon ois every piece of kugel at one per bochur." (Weiser)

  • "Let’s sit down and make a cheshbon" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH חשבון > Y חשבון kheshbn 'bill, calculation'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      kheshbon, cheshbn, kheshbn


  • Plural: 'kheshboynos'

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