mechitza

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).

      Alternative Spellings

      mechitzah

      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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