to be dan l'kaf zechus


to be dan l'chaf zechut (DAHN leh-CHAF zeh-CHOOT) listen
to be dan l'kaf zechus (DAHN le-KAF ze-CHOOS) listen


  • v. To give the benefit of the doubt.

Example Sentences

  • "He didn't seem very nice, but I tried to be dan l'kaf zechus."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y דן זײַן לכּף־זכות dan zayn lekaf-zkhus 'to defend, judge favorably'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • South Africa


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      to be dan l'chaf zechut, to be dan l'kaf zechut, to be dan l'kaf zchut, to be dan l'chaf zchus, to be dan l'chaf zchut

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