kedusha (keh-doo-SHAH) listen
kedusha (keh-DOO-shuh) listen


  • n. Holiness, sanctity.

  • n. A responsive prayer sung/recited by the shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader) and congregation as part of the Amidah in a minyan.

Example Sentences

  • "That's why this custom of a heykhe kdushe developed in the first place - so that people pressed for time and therefore unable to wait for a full-length chazaras ha-shatz could at least khap arayn the Kedushah with the chazzan before finishing the rest of the Shemoneh Esreh on their own."

  • "When you meet one of these great rabbis, you feel an aura of kedusha about them." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • קדושה Heb. kedusha, Yid. kedushe (holiness)

    • Who Uses This

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


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      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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

      kedushah, qedusha, k'dusha, Kedushah, Kedusha, kedushe

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