- a go-around (similar to sivuv)
- parade, processional with the Torah on Simchas Torah
- "Where did you go for hakafos on Simchas Torah?"
- "Before we go, let's do a hakafah and make sure we saw everyone."
Languages of Origin
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Glinert: The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Plural: hakafot / hakafos (הקפות). Pronounced ha-ka-FA or huh-KUH-fuh. The go-around usage is more common among Orthodox Jews.
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