k'nas (KNAHS) listen
kenas (kuh-NAHS)


  • n. A fine paid as a penalty for wrongdoing.

Example Sentences

  • "an individual who prevents another individual from performing a mitzvah can receive damages min ha-din (black-letter halakhah) rather than as a kenas (fine)." (source)

  • "The Mashgiach made his curfew earlier as a Knas for disappearing during seder." (Weiser)

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Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • קנס kenas 'fine'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • South Africa


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      k'nas, knas, kinas

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