chatzos

Alternative Spellings

chatzoys, chatzot

Definitions

  • 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

Etymology

חצות

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

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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