Chazal

Alternative Spellings

Hazal, Chaza"l, ChaZa"L

Definitions

  • 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?" (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/chazal-and-science)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

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)

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

Stress on second syllable: chazál. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chazal

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