• n. "Range of personal knowledge" (Weiser).

  • n. Broad but not deep knowledge.

Example Sentences

  • "Daf yomi is a good way to get bekius in gemara."

  • "Jesse has bekius in hilchos nisuin."

  • "He learns bekius in the morning just to be prepared for shiur."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • בקיאות

    • Who Uses This

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


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      bekiut, b'kius, b'kiut, bekiess, bekiyus, bekius


  • The opposite of bekius is iyun / 'iyyun (עיון), which suggests a deeper but not as far-reaching knowledge.

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