Ta'anit Bechorot


Ta'anit Bechorot (tah-'ah-NEET beh-khoh-ROHT) listen


  • n. The Fast of the Firstborn, a minor Jewish fast day on the day before Pesach, on which firstborn males are required to fast.

Example Sentences

  • "Let's have a siyyum on Ta'anit Bechorot so I don't have to fast!"

  • "Are you going to the Ta'anit Bechorim service in the synagogue tomorrow?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • תַּעֲנִית בְּכוֹרוֹת ta'anit bekhorot or תַּעֲנִית בְּכוֹרִים ta'anit bekhorim

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


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


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

      Alternative Spellings

      Taanit Bechorot, Taanis Bechoros, Ta'anit Bechorim, Taanit Bechorim, Taanis Bechorim


  • "Usually, the fast is broken at a siyum celebration (typically made at the conclusion of the morning services), which, according to prevailing custom, creates an atmosphere of rejoicing that overrides the requirement to continue the fast" (source).

    See also ta'anit.

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