• n. "Dwelling in the lower realms"--a theological argument for why God created the world (because He longed for an abode below in addition to one up high).

Example Sentences

  • "The entire goal of dira batachtonim is to draw the light of Hashem into the world, into all aspects of the world, into all places of the world." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • דירה בתחתונים dirah batachtonim 'dwelling in the lower realms' (from Midrash Tanchuma, Nasso 16)

    • Who Uses This

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


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      • Australia / New Zealand


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      Alternative Spellings

      dira batachtonim, dira batakhtonim, dira betakhtonim, dirah batachtonim, dirah batakhtonim, dirah betachtonim, dirah betakhtonim, dira b'tachtonim, dirah b'takhtonim, dirah b'tachtonim, dira b'takhtonim

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