hakafah

Alternative Spellings

hakafa

Definitions

  • a go-around (similar to sivuv)
  • parade, processional with the Torah on Simchas Torah

Example Sentences

  • "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

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

הקפה

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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

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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