Alternative Spellings

hashkafah, hafsoke


  • break or interruption

Example Sentences

  • This statement was made by a professor at HUC. He said: "What do you do when a student returns minutes late from hafsakah?"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Modern Hebrew


Heb הפסקה hafsaká, Yiddish הפֿסקה hafsóke

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).


Pronounced haf-SA-kah or haf-sa-KAH depending on context.

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