• prop. n. 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?" (source)

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)


      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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

      Hazal, Chaza"l, ChaZa"L


  • Stress on second syllable: chazál.


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