Chabad

Alternative Spellings

Habad

Definitions

  • an outreach-oriented branch of Hasidic Judaism that follows the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Chabad has thousands of branches around the world, including at many college campuses.

Example Sentences

  • Students at UC San Diego love to go to the Chabad rabbi's home for Shabbat dinner.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

חב"ד - a Hebrew acronym: CHochma (wisdom), Bina (understanding), Da'at (knowledge)

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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