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- In Jewish law, a prohibition enacted by the Sages as a measure to protect religious observance under changed conditions.
- "evil decree" (Steinmetz)
- "An authoritative command either to perform or to refrain from performing a particular act" (Weiser)
- "an addition to a previously existing precept" (Weiser)
- "A gezerah was instituted when occasion demanded." (http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/6646-gezerah)
- "According to the gzeira, you need to wait longer before you make havdala." (Weiser)
Languages of Origin
גזרה gezera 'decree'
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)
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 Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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