to be yotzei


to be yotzei (YOH-tzei) listen


  • v. To fulfill a mitzvah or some other figurative obligation.

Example Sentences

  • "Are you yotzei?"

  • "If I had to go out in the middle of the shofar blowing, am I yotse?" (Glinert)

  • "OK, guys, you don't have to clear up anymore here—you're all yotse." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y יוצא זײַן yoytse zayn

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      to be yotsei, to be yotse, to be yoitzei, to be yoytse, to be yotze, to be yoitzeh, to be yoitze

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