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Alternative Spellings

chatzoys, chatzot


  • halachic midday and midnight

Example Sentences

  • 1) "One must complete the seder by chatzos." 2) "You should daven by chatzos!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew



Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America




Uriel Weinreich's Yiddish dictionary indicates that חצות khtsos refers both to midnight and to the pious practice of rising at midnight for prayer and study. This is also called תיקון חצות tikkun chatzot.

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