chiyuv (KHEE-yoov) listen
chiyuv (khee-YOOV) listen


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

  • n. A responsibility, obligation.

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


  • TH חיוב > Y חיובֿ khiev

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


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

      Alternative Spellings

      khivey, chiyev, chiuv, hiuv, hiyuv, khiyev, chiyev

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