Alternative Spellings

techinah, tachinah, tehinah, tahinah, tehini, tekhina, takhina, techina, tachina, tehina, tahina, takhinah, tekhinah


  • "A creamy paste made from ground sesame seeds" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • Can you put some tahini on my falafel?
  • I made a salad with a vegan tahini dressing.

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew, Arabic


Modern Hebrew טחינה techina 'ground (sesame)' from Arabic طحينة TaHiina

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


North America


Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


"Tahini is often mixed with lemon juice, olive oil, chopped parsley, and spices and eaten as a dip, with pita bread and hummus. It's also used as a sauce on falafel and shawarma" (JPS). Not to be confused with tkhine, which is a prayer in Yiddish that Jewish women would often recite when lighting the Shabbat candles.

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