• n. A common denominator.

Example Sentences

  • “The tzad hashaveh between a bus and a pencil is that they're both yellow.” (Weiser)

  • "'We are all Jews' – those four words uttered by Sgt. Roddie Edmonds in front of 1275 American prisoners of war and a number of Wehrmacht soldiers and guards built up mankind’s core moral values. And that is the tzad hashaveh between these two people." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH צד השװה > Y צד־השװה tsad hashove

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America


      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      tzad hashave, tsad hashave, tsad hashaveh


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