• n. Thing.

  • n. An object of importance.

Example Sentences

  • “Can I borrow your cheftza so I can hear this tape?” (Weiser)

  • “This tape recorder has more switches than I can figure out how to use. It's a real cheftza (really something).” (Weiser)

  • "Regarding the question of females – even though they are patur from the mitzva of Talmud Torah, but as the Brisker Rav says from Rav Chaim, their Torah is still a cheftza of Talmud Torah." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH חפץ > Y חפֿץ kheyfets

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      kheftza, cheftsa, kheftsa, cheftze, kheftze, cheftse, kheftse

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