tzedakah (TZDUH-kuh) listen
tzedakah (tzdah-KAH) listen
tzedakah (tze-DUH-kuh) listen


  • n. Charitable giving.

  • n. Money given to charity.

Example Sentences

  • "We give tzedakah every Sunday in Hebrew school."

  • "Daddy, there's someone at the door asking for tsedaka." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH צדקה, lit. 'righteousness' > Y צדקה tsdoke

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      tzedaka, tsedaka, tsedakah, zedakah, zedaka, tsedoke, tzadakah, tsadakah, tsadaka, tsedakoh, tsdoke, tzedukkah, tzedukka, tzedukah, tzeduka


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