bedika (beh-DEE-kuh) listen
bedika (beh-dee-KAH) listen


  • n. Inspection or search, especially the bedikas chametz in preparation for Passover.

  • n. A step in the process of exiting niddah, in which a woman checks if she has stopped menstruating by using a white cloth.

Example Sentences

  • "However, one should make a bedika in one's home before they go away." (source)

  • "Bedikah cloths are best evaluated in natural sunlight, holding the cloth in the shade rather than in direct sunlight, as colors may appear different in other lighting conditions." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • בדיקה bedika 'inspection'

    • 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)


      • North America
      • South Africa


      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      bdikeh, bdike, bidikeh, badikeh, b'dikeh, bedikeh, bidike, badike, b'dike, bedike, bdikah, bdika, bidikah, badikah, b'dikah, bidika, badika, b'dika, bedikah


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