tochecha (TOE-cheh-chuh) listen


  • n. Rebuke or corrections for one's behavior.

  • n. The portions of the Torah containing the curses the Israelites will incur if they do not follow the commandments (Lev. 26 and Deut. 28).

  • n. A heap of curses.

Example Sentences

  • "This week's parsha has the tochacha. Does anyone know how to read it? Trying to assign Torah readers."

  • "When giving tochacha, make sure that the person is able and willing to listen to you."

  • "I got quite the tochacha from her yesterday."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH תוכחה tokhecha, lit. 'rebuke' > Y תּוכחה toykhekhe

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


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

      Alternative Spellings

      tokhahah, tokhehah, tochahah, tokhakhah, tokhekhah, tokhachah, tokhechah, tocheichah, tochachah, tochechah, kokheho, tochiho, tokhekhe, tocheche, tokhaha, tokheha, tochaha, tocheha, tokhakha, tokhekha, tochakha, tochekha, tokheicha, tokhacha, tokhecha, tocheicha, tochicha, tochacha, toykhekhe


  • The portions of the Torah containing these curses are often read quietly and in a hushed voice.

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