• n. Obligation.

  • n. One who is in mourning and must say Kaddish.

Example Sentences

  • "One has a chiyev to say the Shema every day."

  • "YOM HAFSAKAH - the day on which the eleven-month period of being a chiyuv ends." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • חיוב

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      khivey, chiyev, chiuv, hiuv, hiyuv

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