beitzah

Pronunciations

beitzah (bay-TSAH) listen

Definitions

  • n. "The roasted egg placed on the seder plate during the Pesach seder" (JPS).

  • n. A biblical/Talmudic unit of measurement equal to the volume of one egg.

Example Sentences

  • "The [b]eitza is to remind us of the Chagigah (Festival Offering) in the Holy Temple[.]" (source)

  • "Rambam specified that a 'grogeret' (dried fig) was one-third of a beytza, making this the maximum size for a kezayit." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • בֵּיצָה 'egg'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

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

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      beitza, beytzah, beytza, betzah, betza, beitsah, beitsa, beytsah, beytsa, betsah, betsa

Notes

  • "The egg is symbolic of several things, including the sacrifices in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, rebirth in spring, and the Israelites' new lives in freedom after the Exodus from Egypt" (JPS).

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