Question by  apple (447)

What does zt"l mean?

I see it added after the names of rabbis, usually rabbi's who passed away, so I bet it has to do with that, but what does zt"l actually stand for and mean?


Answer by  CatLover78 (41)

"May the memory of the righteous be for blessing". It's considered an "honorific", used postmortem to honor a rabbi or another righteous person, found in obituaries, tombstones, synagogues and memorials.


Answer by  benicio (257)

It stands for "Zecher Tzadik Livrocho" or the memory of the righteous is a blessing.


Answer by  wrestler88 (192)

Zt"l is used to honor the dead. You'd say the rabbi's name and then Zt"l which stands for "zecher tzaddik livrocho," which means something like "may the memory of the righteous be for a blessing"). Technically, the words come in this order: memory (zecher), righteous (tzadik), blessing (righteous).


Answer by  shalom (271)

It's an honorific for the dead. It's given to prominent Jewish scholars. Z"l (zichrono livrocho), of blessed memory, is also used to honor the deceased. The " just takes the place of the missing letters, like an apostrophe.


Answer by  morella (79)

Zt"l is a traditional honorific for a non-rabbinical dead Jewish person. This Hebrew phrase means "of blessed memory" or "may his/her memory be for blessing. " In transliterated Hebrew, it's zikhrono livrakha for a male. For a female, it's zikhronah livrakha.

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