Of righteous memory.
"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')
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Australia / New Zealand
- South Africa
- Great Britain
- North America
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Who Uses This
"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)
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