TzaHaL

Alternative Spellings

zahal, Tsahal

Definitions

  • acronym for: ts'va ha-haganah le-yisrael, the Israeli defense force (IDF)

Example Sentences

  • "One of the most popular things teenagers buy when visiting Israel is a TzaHaL t-shirt."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

צה"ל, acronym for צבא הגנה לישראל 'lit. Defense Army for Israel, IDF'

Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

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