Hatzalah (HAH-tsa-LAH) listen


Example Sentences

  • "It is a shame that you are such a [bigot] and am haaretz yourself. This has nothing to do with halacha, it has to do with common sense, if you saw a person hit by a car in the street on Shabbos, would you not call for hatzolah and offer aid to the person to prevent their death [on] Shabbos or Yom Tov?" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • הַצָּלָה 'rescue, relief'

    • Who Uses This

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


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


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      Hatzala, Hatzalo, Hatzaloh, Hatzola, Hatzolah, Hatzolo, Hatzoloh


  • "Language, religion, and culture barriers create challenges for an emergency medical service. Hatzalah is built to consider these challenges, especially with regard to [h]alacha...and communities that only speak Yiddish or Hebrew" (source).

    "Hatzalah organizations now function in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and in 10 states in the US: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania" (source).

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