Rebecca (ruh-BEH-kuh) listen
Rivkah (reev-KAH) listen


  • n. A Jewish matriarch, the wife of Isaac, mother of Esau and Jacob.

Example Sentences

  • "For 20 years, Rebecca was not able to conceive, until Isaac, then 60 years old, prayed to God on her behalf. During Rebecca’s pregnancy, she felt the babies struggling in her womb and was told by the Lord that each of the boys would become the progenitor of a nation and that the older would serve the younger." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Textual Hebrew


  • רִבְקָה 'lit. connection'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      Rivkah, Rivka

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