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also Hesh·wan  (KHĕsh′vən, -vän)
The eighth month of the year in the Jewish calendar. See Table at calendar.

[Hebrew ḥešwān, short for marḥešwān, from Akkadian araḫsamnu, waraḫsamnu, a month name : arḫu, warḫu, month; see wrḫ in Semitic roots + samnu, eighth (from samāne, eight; see ṯmny in Semitic roots).]


(Judaism) a variant spelling of Cheshvan


(ˈhɛʃ vən, -vɑn, ˈxɛʃ-)

also Cheshvan

the second month of the Jewish calendar.
Also called Marheshvan , Marcheshvan.
[1825–35; < Hebrew (mar)ḥeshwān]
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Noun1.Heshvan - the second month of the civil year; the eighth month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in October and November)
Hebrew calendar, Jewish calendar - (Judaism) the calendar used by the Jews; dates from 3761 BC (the assumed date of the Creation of the world); a lunar year of 354 days is adjusted to the solar year by periodic leap years
Jewish calendar month - a month in the Jewish calendar
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However, because the date conflicts with the Knesset's Passover recess, "Aliyah Day" will be marked on the seventh of Heshvan, in the fall, a few weeks after Sukkot.
On October 24, 2014, Rosh Hodesh Heshvan, the WoW succeeded to read from the Torah in the women's section, and held a Bat Mitzvah ceremony in which a girl (Alma Weiss) read from the Torah.
Rachel's birthday, which falls on the 11th day of the lunar month of Heshvan, has become a day of pilgrimage for thousands of Jewish women, who come from all over the country to pray for fertility for their loved ones or themselves.
Women there considered Rachel's tomb the place to pray for a child; men came to beg Rachel to comfort a woman enduring birth pains; both sexes there prayed for better days, creating a custom to visit Rachel's tomb during Elul, the month just before Rosh Hashanah to pray for a sweet new year, and on the Hebrew date 14 Heshvan (which falls in the autumn (5)), according to tradition the day of Rachel's death.