isru chag

Pronunciations

isru chag (EES-roo KHAHG) listen

Definitions

  • n. "The day after the end of Pesach, Sukkos, and Shavuos, regarded as a semi-holiday on which mourning is curbed and fasting prohibited." (Dictionary of Jewish Usage)

Example Sentences

  • "In truth, the celebration of Isru Chag has little effect on the day-to-day conduct of most people...unless one is a parent of a child in a religious school (which may be closed for Isru Chag)." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • אסרו חג isru chag 'bind the festival offering' (from Psalm 118:27, part of the Hallel, recited on those 3 holidays)

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      isru hag, isru-chag, Isru Chag

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