Kumzits (קומזיץ) is a compound-word in Hebrew derived from the Yiddish words קום (come) and זיץ (sit). The word is used to describe an evening gathering that Jews partake in. Often a Kumzits will take place after the Sabbath and as such some erroneously use the term interchangeably with Melava Malka. Everyone sits together, be it on the floor or on chairs, and sings spiritually moving songs. In order to establish a certain ambiance the lighting is often low and candles are primarily used, or if taking place outdoors it is usually around a campfire. An orator will usually tell short inspirational folk-stories between songs. Originally the word was coined by the Biluim, despite the opposition of some who preferred to use the more distinctly Hebrew שב-נא "please sit" or Persian/Arabic טוזיג "Tozig" (via the Talmud),[1] the word has since stuck and is used by both the religious and secular public.


  1. National Center for the Hebrew Language; Milat HaChag
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