n. In Jewish law, a prohibition enacted by the Sages as a measure to protect religious observance under changed conditions.
n. "Evil decree." (Steinmetz)
n. "An authoritative command either to perform or to refrain from performing a particular act." (Weiser)
n. "An addition to a previously existing precept." (Weiser)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
גזרה gezera 'decree'
- 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
- South Africa
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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