American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of chazan.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Jewish use, an overseer; specifically, an official of a Jewish synagogue. Formerly the functions of the hazzan were various: he was not only overseer but also
dayan(judge), saphra (scribe), etc. The chief function of the modern hazzan is that of reader or cantor.
- Hebrew (Wiktionary)
“Like all municipal corporations, up to an advanced period of the Roman empire, they issued honorary decrees,  voted resolutions, which had the force of law for the community, and ordained corporal punishments, of which the hazzan was the ordinary executor. [”
“Simson, as well as by the synagogue's hazzan, J.J. Lyons.”
“Ai hoapz ebreewun hazzan happee adn saif weekie-endz!”
“In 1987, Chancellor Ismar Schorsch announced that the seminary would confer the diploma of hazzan on two women, Marla Barugel and Erica Lippitz.”
“Following the outbreak of war between Britain and Spain in 1740, Zipporah moved with her parents to New York, where she married David Mendes Machado, the hazzan (cantor) for Congregation Shearith Israel.”
“In 1984, Erica Lipitz and Marla Rosenfeld Barugel applied and were permitted to prepare for ordination as hazzan [cantor].”
“Her friend, the hazzan/court clerk, Hillel ben Eli, advised her to obtain five kosher witnesses attesting to the fact that she was alone in her apartment with Hassun, who may have tried to deny having a love affair.”
“Mendes was the wife of the hazzan of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogue, Shearith Israel, and in addition to the vice presidency was elected “religious guide” of the organization.”
“Never before had a woman worn the garb and performed the traditional role of hazzan (cantor) in a Jewish synagogue anywhere in the world.”
“My head pounded, I paid little attention to the hazzan chanting musaf, but at least, in this way, I made it through the afternoon.”
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