hashgacha (hahsh-GUH-chuh) listen
hashgacha (hahsh-gah-CHAH) listen


  • n. Rabbinic supervision (by a mashgiach) designating food as kosher.

  • n. Divine providence, interference, attention.

Example Sentences

  • "God provides a unique hashgacha to His people, the Jews."

  • "I got to the bus stop just as the bus pulled in! What hashgacha!"

  • "I don't eat food with that hashgacha."

  • "Hashgacha is a kind of two-way interplay between Creator and creation, whereby each one responds and interacts with the other." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Who Uses This

  • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
  • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


  • North America
  • Great Britain
  • South Africa
  • Australia / New Zealand
  • Israel


  • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
  • 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

hashgoche, hashgochah, hashgocha, hashgakhoh, hashgakho, hashgakheh, hashgakhe, hashgakhah, hashgakha, hashgachoh, hashgacho, hashgacheh, hashgache, hashgachah, hashgocheh, hashgocho, hashgochoh, hashgokha, hashgokhah, hashgokhe, hashgokheh, hashgokho, hashgokhoh, hashgucha, hashguchah, hashguche, hashgucheh, hashgucho, hashguchoh, hashgukha, hashgukhah, hashgukhe, hashgukheh, hashgukho, hashgukhoh


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