khurban (choor-BAHN) listen


  • n. "Destruction of the Temple." (Glinert)

  • n. Destruction, generally.

  • n. The Holocaust.

Example Sentences

  • "Some of the walls inside the old city show burn marks dating back to the Churban." (Glinert)

  • "Jewish life flourishes, our communal institutions are strong, Israel is a strong and growing state; the term churban seems out of place in our times." (source)

  • "The struggling world economy represents a time of transition for us like the Churban represented for the ancient Jewish communities at the turn of the First Century." (source)

  • "In Yiddish, khurbn is the word for “total destruction,” the word for what the English-speaking world calls the Jewish “Holocaust” of World War II." (source)

  • "How does your approach to teaching the khurbn in a Yiddish language class differ from teaching the Holocaust in a more general Jewish studies class? (if applicable)" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • Modern Hebrew


  • Hebrew חורבן churban 'destruction', Yiddish khurbn. Generally refers to the Temple in Textual Hebrew, and the Holocaust in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish.

    • 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)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain


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

      Alternative Spellings

      churban, hurban, khurbn, churben, hurben, khurben, churbn, hurbn

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