arba kanfot

Alternative Spellings

arba kanfos, arba kanfes, arbe kanfes


  • A tallit katan (see tzitzit)

Example Sentences

  • "Before you put your arba kanfes on, Benjy, check that you have eight strings on each corner." (Glinert))

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Hebrew ארבע כנפות arba kanfot 'four corners', Yiddish ארבע כּנפֿות arbe kanfes '4-cornered undershirt containing tzitzis'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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