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Heshbon

(hĕsh`bŏn, khĕshbōn`), ancient city, E of the Jordan. It was an Amorite capital, located at the crossroads of the east-west road to Jericho and the north-south road paralleling the Jordan. In the Bible it was first allotted to Reuben, later to Gad.
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Instead, it was simply a stratagem (tachbolot) designed to instruct Israel not to "act hurriedly, i.e., without discretion and judgment [she'lo ya'a'su ba-bipazon b'li heshbon v'da'at]" in political matters.
Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine Your belly is a heap of wheat encircled with lilies Your breasts are like two fawns Your neck is like an ivory tower Your eyes are pools in Heshbon Your head crowns you like Carmel ...
xii) The source for "prayer without kavanah is like a body without a soul" comes from medieval commentators, beginning with Rabbi Bahya ibn Paquda in Hovot Ha'Levavot (Shaar Heshbon Ha'Nefesh, perek 3), continuing with Abarbanel, and then Rabbi Yaakov Emden in the seventeenth century.
The word shdema, or field, is also used to describe vineyards: (15) For the fields [shadmot] of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah, whose choice plants did overcome the lords of nations; they reached even unto Jazer, they wandered into the wilderness; her branches were spread abroad, they passed over the sea)Isa.
In the later centuries, one-third of the names with 'l (15 out of 47) appear in Ammon: Heshbon, 9; Rabbath-Ammon, 2; Tel el-'Umeiri, 2; Tel Mazar, 1; and Tel Siran, 1.
& BUS.] 389, 398 (2005) (Isr.); DEEN VE HESHBON HAVAADA HEBEYN MISRADEET LIVHEENAT HADRACHEEM LEHAKTANAT HAHOTZAA HATZIBURIT BEGEEN TVIOT RASHLANUT REFUIT [SPANIC COMMITTEE REPORT] III-IV (2005), available at http://www.justice.gov.il/NR/rdonlyres/C2C6D084-3D19-409C-90EF- 75B081BB93A3/4130/rashlanut.pdf (describing the methodology used to locate such claims, but also asserting that they cannot state with absolute certainty that all such claims were located, nor could they factor other changes such as population growth or compare the increase in malpractice claims to the general increase in other types of tort cases).
Your eyes, pools of Heshbon at the gates of Bat-Rabim Your nose like Lebanon overlooking Damascus Your head ascends like Carmel Magenta threads fixed in your hair Your tendrils of hair entangle a king (Song 7:5) The stirring and intoxicating sensuality of the Song seduces with its artful synaesthesia.
Although most respondents did not fast on Yom Kippur and only a minority went to a synagogue, they marked it as a special day for quiet reflection, remembering the dead, and atonement for misdeeds (heshbon nefesh).
This is the season for heshbon hanefesh, the accounting of the soul, a penitential examination of where we are in our life's journey, where we have been, where we are going.
It can be understood within the context of what Judaism terms "Heshbon ha-Nefesh" ("a reckoning of the soul").
Passover, for example, should serve as a time of "heshbon hofesh, of stocktaking as to freedom and its state," (51) while the introspection of the High Holidays should be used to judge whether our deeds are strengthening or weakening the cause of democracy.