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Hekdesh

Hekdesh (Heb., ‘consecrated’). Among Jews, consecrated property. In the period of the Temple, Jews were expected to consecrate property for the upkeep of the Temple, and, unlike secular gifts, consecration could be effected simply by word of mouth. After the destruction of the Temple, the term hekdesh was used for the dedication of property to a synagogue or a charity.

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