n. 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
Heb חזן khazán, Yiddish חזן kházn
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- 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).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
hazzan, chazzan, khazan, hazan
More often used by non-Orthodox Jews, as non-Orthodox synagogues are more likely to have a professional cantor.
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