mechitza

Alternative Spellings

mechitzah

Definitions

  • the separation between men and women in Orthodox prayer spaces [lit. "separation"]

Example Sentences

  • "Once I was of bat-mitzvah age, I was no longer able to cross to the men's side of the mechitza freely."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

מחיצה

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

This word is most commonly used by Orthodox Jews. The mechitza is usually found in synagogue setting, but can also be used at celebrations such as a wedding where there is dancing involved.

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