chutz la'aretz


chutz la'aretz (CHOOTS lah-ah-retz) listen
chul (CHOOL) listen


  • n. Outside of Israel; the disapora, lit. "outside the land."

Example Sentences

  • "We observe two days of yontif in chutz la'aretz."

  • "After the army [IDF], he's going to be chutz la'aretz for a while."

  • "Because of the calendar, Israel is a week ahead in the Parshiyos [Torah portions] than chutz la'aretz."

  • "She did her Master's in Israel and her PhD chutz la'aretz." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


  • חוץ לארץ chutz la'aretz 'outside of the land'

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


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


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      khuts laarets, huts laarets, chuts laarets, khutz laaretz, hutz laaretz, chutz laaretz, khuts lo'orets, huts lo'orets, chuts lo'orets, khutz lo'oretz, hutz lo'oretz, chutz lo'oretz, khuts la'arets, huts la'arets, chuts la'arets, khutz la'aretz, hutz la'aretz


  • Often clipped to the acronym "חו׳׳ל’’.

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