dira betachtonim

Alternative Spellings

dira batachtonim, dira batakhtonim, dira betakhtonim, dirah batachtonim, dirah batakhtonim, dirah betachtonim, dirah betakhtonim


  • "dwelling in the lower realms"--a theological argument for why G-d created the world (because He longed for an abode below in addition to one up high)

Example Sentences

  • "Every shaliach knows that the most essential lesson of chasidus is dira betachtonim."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


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

Who Uses This

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


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



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