From AJWS’s Aaron Dorfman…
As thousands of Buddhist monks continue to take to the streets of Rangoon in protest over ongoing military oppression and human rights violations in Burma, Jews around the world are gearing up to observe Heshvan, the 29 days designated Jewish Social Action Month.
“We certainly hope those monks can hold out until Heshvan starts so we can lend a hand,” said J., chair of a major Jewish federation outside Asheville, North Carolina.
Like J., Jews all over America are looking forward to the beginning of Heshvan, when they can leave behind their studied apathy and explode in a burst of social justice activism for nearly 30 full days.
Pronounced: KHESH-vahn, Origin: Hebrew, Jewish month usually coinciding with October-November.