n. The ceremonial raising of a Sefer Torah for all the congregation to see.
"We need a strong lefty to do hagba today because we're at Parashat Bereshit, so all the weight is on the left side."
"He's a massive man--the sort that always gets asked to do hagbe." (Glinert)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb. הַגְבָּהָה hagbahah 'lifting, raising' > Yid. הגבה(ה) hagbeh
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
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- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
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