bench licht

Alternative Spellings

bentshn likht, likht bentshn, lechtbentschen, licht bentshn, bentsh licht, bentsh likht, bentch licht

Definitions

  • (light and) bless candles

Example Sentences

  • "Well, I better hang up soon--almost time to bentsch licht."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

Yiddish בענטשן bentshn 'to bless' (stem is בענטש bentsh), Yiddish ליכט likht 'candle(s)'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

In Yiddish, ליכטבענטשן likhtbentshn refers to the act of saying the blessing over Sabbath or holiday candles, and בענטשליכט bentshlikht refers to the candles themselves.

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