Alternative Spellings

Hazal, Chaza"l, ChaZa"L


  • a collective term that refers to all Jewish sages of the Mishna, Tosefta and Talmud eras

Example Sentences

  • "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?" (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


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.

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