hazzan, chazzan, khazan
- The official at a synagogue who leads the congregation in prayer and song. (JPS)
- "The hazzan began the prayer and the rest of the congregation joined in."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb חזן khazán, Yiddish חזן kházn
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
More often used by non-Orthodox Jews, as non-Orthodox synagogues are more likely to have a professional cantor.
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