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Alternative Spellings

matsev, matsav


  • 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."(
  • "Think for a moment about the matzav today in both ruchniyus and gashmiyus" ("
  • ""Hey ma, what's the matzav in the kitchen, any oichel tonight?"" (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew


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


North America


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


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

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