chag

Alternative Spellings

hag

Definitions

  • "Festival" (Glinert)

Example Sentences

  • "We don't have school next Tuesday because it's chag." "I ate so much over Chag, I can't look at food anymore" (facebook group)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

חג

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

"Chag" is sometimes used to differentiate between major holidays, which entail restrictions on work and are called "yom tov", and minor ones, which do not, called "chag." Others use "chag" to refer to major holidays or to all holidays.

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