chozer b'teshuva


chozer b'teshuva (choh-ZEHR beet-tshoo-VAH) listen


  • n. A Jew from a secular background or who has stopped practicing and then becomes observant.

Example Sentences

  • "They give classes for chozrim b'teshuvah."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew


  • MH חוזר בתשובה khozer b'tshuva, lit. 'returned through repentance'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      chozer be'teshuva, chozer betshuva, chozer beteshuva, hozer betshuva, hozer b'teshuva


  • Israelis generally prefer this term over the term ba'al teshuva, though they are interchangeable.

    masculine plural: 'chozrim beteshuva'
    feminine: 'chozeret beteshuva'
    feminine plural 'chozrot beteshuva'

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