chazakah

Alternative Spellings

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Definitions

  • "Automatic presumption" (Glinert)

Example Sentences

  • "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.'" (https://www.thejc.com/judaism/jewish-words/chazakah-1.5943)
  • "Every halakhic situation is based on an empirical reality, which yields a resultant halakhic state. In a scenario of safek, does chazaka extend the facts or just the halakhic state?" (https://www.etzion.org.il/en/how-does-chazaka-operate)
  • "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." (https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/chazaka-meiikara)
  • "Rashi does not say that if the 3 people each have a chazoka on 3 kochos that she is ossur on everyone." (https://dafyomi.co.il/discuss_daf.php?gid=42&sid=20&daf=66&n=1)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

חזקה chazaka 'strengthening, presumption'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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