hakafah

Pronunciations

hakafah (hah-kah-FAH) listen
hakafah (huh-KUH-fuh) listen

Definitions

  • n. Parade, processional with the Torah on Simchas Torah.

  • n. A go-around (similar to sivuv).

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

Etymology

  • הקפה (plural הקפות hakafot)

    • 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)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

      hakafa

Notes

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

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