Paul & Irene Berman <ikpjb@...>
While other interpretations of the term "Mar (bitter) Cheshvan" may very
well be correct, the one I've heard is that "mar" is not an integral part of
the name of the month. Rather "mar" refers to the fact that Cheshvan does
not contain a holiday, unlike the months preceding and following it that
contain Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Succot and later Chanukah.
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