zatsal (zah-TSAHL) listen


  • Of righteous memory.

Example Sentences

  • "Reb Chayim zatsal, in his later years, gave shiurim every Wednesday and Thursday."

  • "Our tour of Poland took us to the tomb of Rabbi Moshe Isserles, zatsal." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew


  • זצ"ל (acronym of zecher tzadik livracha 'may the memory of the righteous be a blessing')

    • Who Uses This

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


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


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

      Alternative Spellings



  • "Rather like 'may he rest in peace,' this phrase is often appended (particularly by the Ultraorthodox) when one mentions the name of a great rabbi...It is actually a direct quotation from the biblical Book of Proverbs: 'The memory of the the righteous is a blessing, and the name of the wicked will rot.'" (Glinert)

    See also zichrono livracha, OB"M, olav ha-sholom, and ziya.

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