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Alternative Spellings



  • a go-around (similar to sivuv)
  • parade, processional with the Torah on Simchas Torah

Example Sentences

  • "Where did you go for hakafos on Simchas Torah?"
  • "Before we go, let's do a hakafah and make sure we saw everyone."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew



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 JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).


Plural: hakafot / hakafos (הקפות). Pronounced ha-ka-FA or huh-KUH-fuh. The go-around usage is more common among Orthodox Jews.

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