becher

Alternative Spellings

bekher

Definitions

  • 2-handle cup for ritual washing of the hands before eating
  • kiddish cup (lit. "goblet")

Example Sentences

  • "We got four silver bechers when we got married."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

בעכער bekher

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

Some feel that "becher" is not the appropriate term for a hand-washing cup. On Judaica stores' websites, hand-washing cups are often called "Netilat Yadaim cups."

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