n. "Automatic presumption" (Glinert).
"What, she said Mazel tov when you told her I had a baby? Then there's a chazaka that she's Jewish." (Glinert)
"You could say colloquially, 'I have a chazakah to that parking space; I park there every day', or 'I've been hanging my washing in front of your window for 11 years and you haven't said a word, you can't suddenly tell me to take it down now because it's an eyesore; by now I have a chazakah.'" (source)
"Without getting involved in all the various sevaros and lomdus of chazaka, it does seem to be based on the premise that things don’t change without a cause, and on that comes the chidush of chazaka that we don’t assume a cause happened until we know for sure." (source)
"Rashi does not say that if the 3 people each have a chazoka on 3 kochos that she is ossur on everyone." (source)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
חזקה chazaka 'strengthening, presumption'
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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