- "We erect the matzeivah one year after the burial."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb מצבה matsevá, Yiddish מצבֿה matséyve
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
In Polish, the word "macewa" (pronounced with stress on the second syllable) refers to a Jewish tombstone and is likely a borrowing from Yiddish.
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