Alternative Spellings

khizzek, hizzek, chizzek, khizek, hizek, chizek, khizzuk, hizzuk, chizzuk, khizuk, chizuk


  • "Encouragement" (Glinert), inspiration, strengthening, uplifting

Example Sentences

  • "Pay him a compliment occasionally when he's at the piano—you have to give the kid a chizuk." (Glinert)
  • "I really need some chizuk with unpacking the last 50 cardboard boxes that are still sitting in the living room after our move." (https://www.thejc.com/judaism/jewish-words/chizuk-1.18473)
  • "In this series of videos, noted lecturers and rabbis from across the Touro family provide inspiration, chizuk and Pesach resources to better help you and your family remember hope during this bewildering time." (https://www.touro.edu/news--events/stories/divrei-chizzuk-during-the-time-of-corona.php)
  • "A staple of Thrusday night Mishmar in Yeshiva for Bnei Chutz La'aretz, at 12:07AM students hear words of Chizzuk (the definition of this word is fraught with conflict, and occupies the theme of many Divrei Torah) while eating delicious hot cholent." (http://www.haretzion.org/20-ctl/ctl-programs/913-cholent-and-chizzuk-at-yu)
  • "I haven’t heard shofar at all this year. I think it would genuinely give me the chizuk to prepare for the High Holidays."
  • "It always gives me such chizuk to daven next to you."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


חיזוק chizzuk 'strengthening'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


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

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