Hazal, Chaza"l, ChaZa"L
- a collective term that refers to all Jewish sages of the Mishna, Tosefta and Talmud eras
- "If you say Chazal did not rely on the scientists of their time, but they possessed this perfect knowledge of science, where did they get their scientific knowledge from?" (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/chazal-and-science)
Languages of Origin
חז"ל, an acronym of חכמינו זכרונם לברכה "our Sages, may their memory be blessed"
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Stress on second syllable: chazál. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chazal
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