|bitul zman||(BIH-tuul zmahn)|
n. "Time wasting." (Glinert)
"Unfortunately, in contemporary Yeshiva culture, fiction is verboten [forbidden] as bitul zman." (source)
"Don't watch TV so much. It's such a bitul zman." (Glinert)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
TH. ביטול זמן 'cancelation of time'
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- North America
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Who Uses This
"In traditional Jewish eyes, time was created for the performance of mitzvot (religious deeds). And so bitul zman is not just wasting time, it amounts to the heinous offense of killing time." (Glinert)
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