duchen

Alternative Spellings

duchn, duchening, duchenen, dukhen, dukhn, dukhening, dukhenen, duchan, dukhan, duchnen, dukhnen

Definitions

  • A ritual where the kohanim recite the Priestly Blessing (Num. 6:24-26), blessing the rest of the congregation.

Example Sentences

  • Because it was Yom Tov, we had duchening today.
  • "I recently found out that if I don't 'duchen' I must leave the sanctuary during this prayer."
  • "Jonathan's a kohen so once he's Bar Mitzvah, he'll be able to duchen in synagogue." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish

Etymology

Yiddish דוכענען dukhnen, from Hebrew/Aramaic duchan, meaning platform (Steinmetz).

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)

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).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

In Israel, this occurs every day, elsewhere it only occurs on holidays. The English verb duchen inflects regularly (He duchened, He duchens, We were duchening etc) (Steinmetz).

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