n. A joyous occasion; a celebration, usually related to a lifecycle event.
n. A great pleasure.
"Baruch hashem, I have so many simchas to go to this week!"
“May you have many more such simchas.” (NJY)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
TH שמחה simkhá 'happiness' > Y שׂימחה símkhe 'a celebration, party'
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
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- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
simchah, simkhe, simha, simhah, simkhah, simkha
Plural simchas / simchahs, simchot / simchos, or smachot / smachos
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