dveykus (DVEY-kiss) listen
dveykis (DVEY-kiss) listen


  • n. Spiritual ecstasy; lit. "cleaving."

Example Sentences

  • "He's no run-of-the-mill Chasidic singer, he says the words with real devekut." (Glinert)

  • "Many Hasidic masters spoke of the importance of dveykus."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb דבקות devekút, Yiddish/Ashkenazi Hebrew דבֿקות dvéykes

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      d'vekut, dvekus, d'veykus, dvekut, devekut, deveikut

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