Alternative Spellings

kevah, keve


  • fixed aspects of ritual/liturgy

Example Sentences

  • "We strive for prayer experiences filled with kavana, but feel stymied by the difficulty or the sheer length of the keva." (
  • "In regard to most aspects of observance, Jewish tradition has for pedagogic reasons given primacy to the principle of keva; there are many rituals concerning which the law maintains that if a person has performed them without proper kavanah, he is to be regarded ex post facto as having fulfilled his duty." (
  • "The keva of The Tent is Yammer, the technology upon which The Tent is built. Yammer is an enterprise social network." (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


קבע keva 'fixed'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


"Keva is distinct from kavanah, the intention one brings to praying. Jews strive to create a balance between keva and kavanah, which are equal requirements in tefilah" (JPS).

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