• n. (tzorich iyun) Something abnormal, an enigma.

  • adj. (a tzorich iyun) Unanswered.

  • adj. (a tzorich iyun) Unclear.

  • adj. (a tzorich iyun) Perplexed.

Example Sentences

  • “The guy who was laughing throughout the musar shmooze is a tzorich iyun.” (Weiser)

  • “Many questions in science remain a tzorich iyun even today.” (Weiser)

  • “Unless you can change the girsa, the whole sugya's a tzorich iyun.” (Weiser)

  • “The achroinim try a few terutzim, but most blaib a tzorich iyun.” (Weiser)

  • "Why davka the Lechem Hapanim? In other words, he is not explaining the connection, he is not making it less tzorich iyun, he is just giving another example of the connection." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • צריך עיון 'requires examination'

    • 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

      tsorich iyun, tzorikh iyun, tsorikh iyun, tzorich iyoon, tsorich iyoon, tzorikh iyoon, tsorikh iyoon, a tzorich iyun, a tsorich iyun, a tzorikh iyun, a tsorikh iyun, a tzorich iyoon, a tzorikh iyoon, a tzorikh iyoon, a tsorikh iyoon

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