chalutzim

Alternative Spellings

halutsim, halutzim, chaluzim, chalusim

Definitions

  • Pioneers in the building of the State of Israel.

Example Sentences

  • “Although the early pioneers, chalutzim, drained the swamps, made deserts bloom, built Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ashkelon, and the new Jerusalem, four generations later the dreams of the Zionists are not yet fulfilled." (http://www.jewishnola.com/page.aspx?id=160687)

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

חלוצים

Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

singular חלוץ chalutz, halutz, haluts, chaluts

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