tekiah gedolah


tekiah gedolah (teh-kee-AH geh-doh-LAH) listen


  • n. One of the sounds blown on the shofar during high holidays; a single, long note, held as long as the blower can manage.

Example Sentences

  • "Also, if you want to get a good sound, most of it is in the breathing. Never rush— when you hear 'tekiah gedolah,' let out a breath and then fill your lungs with air— make it feel like you’re filling your stomach, then give a quiet controlled blast …hold it— save a little to get louder at the end. Gets 'em every time." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • תקיעה גדולה 'great tekiah'

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


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

      Alternative Spellings

      tekia gedola


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