bracha

Alternative Spellings

broche, brachah, brakha, brocha, brucha, brukha, brukhe, brokhe, bracho, brocho

Definitions

  • blessing (in the technical or figurative sense)

Example Sentences

  • "My son is three and already knows many of the brachos for foods!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb ברכה berakhá, Yiddish ברכה brókhe

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

plural brachot / brachos / brochos / brokhes (ברכות). Also used in the phrase mazel and brocha - which indicates the satisfied sealing of a deal, especially in the diamond business.

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