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matzav

Alternative Spellings

matsev, matsav

Definitions

  • situation
  • political, military situation in Israel/the Middle East

Example Sentences

  • "Israel WAS great, and amazing, and wonderful - both in spite of, and yes, even BECAUSE of the matzav."(http://www.shaareyzedek.org/uploads/287904ParashatVayechi%5B1%5D.pdf).
  • "Think for a moment about the matzav today in both ruchniyus and gashmiyus" (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=26810)"
  • ""Hey ma, what's the matzav in the kitchen, any oichel tonight?"" (http://northofbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2008/10/whats-matzav-of-that-zach.html)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

Heb מצב matsáv, Yiddish מצבֿ mátsev 'situation'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

Notes

Pronounced ma-TSAV it usually refers to Israel. Pronounced MATsev it can be more general.

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